According to Indonesian publication Tempo, Apple has agreed to set up a research and development center in Indonesia, home to 250 million people. The country’s Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara told the outlet that Apple will be setting up its R&D facility in early 2017 in the city of Jakarta.
While Rudiantara couldn’t reveal the investment value, he expressed hope that Apple would build additional R&D centers in other Indonesian regions.
He told the media after attending the Indonesia PPP Day 2016 in South Jakarta last Thursday:
The preparation of the project development is in the final stage. The Industry Ministry and the Communication and Informatics Ministry are finalizing the plan.
By late December, they will commence the execution for the location. So, in 2017, they will start building structures and recruiting employees.
Apple increasingly operates research and development centers in various locations around the world, including R&D centers in China, Taiwan, Japan and elsewhere.