The government continues to improve the transformation of the development of Special Economic Zones (SEZ), one of which is by establishing the establishment of the Singhasari SEZ through Government Regulation Number 68 of 2019. The establishment of the Singhasari Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is intended to provide added value to the mastery of technology and human resources and is designed with a tourism and cultural approach. In addition, the Singhasari SEZ is also prepared as a world-class education center as well as the heart of the creative and digital economy. The Singhasari SEZ has now officially operated as a Special Economic Zone. This was marked by the submission of the Decree of the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs as Chairman of the National Council of KEK Number 2 of 2022 by the Deputy for Coordination of Regional Development and Spatial Planning of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Wahyu Utomo and Plt. Secretary General of the SEZ National Council Elen Setiadi in Malang, Monday (21/11). "The development of education in the world shows an increase in initiatives for the Transnational Education & Going Global Partnership. This can be seen from the many foreign universities from developed countries that are expanding their wings to developing countries. In this case, Indonesia is included as a target in the top position for this development, "said Plt. SEZ National Secretariat Elen Setiadi. The plan is for KEK Singhasari to present King's College London (KCL), which is one of the leading universities ranked 37th in the world and ranked 7th in the United Kingdom. Kings College London together with the University of Indonesia will be partners in realizing the development of transnational education in the Singhasari KEK, Malang Regency, East Java. Singhasari Special Economic Zone (KEK) CEO David Santoso hopes that the Singhasari Animation and Film Factory (AFF) Special Economic Zone (KEK) in Malang Regency is expected to become the largest creative economy creator content ecosystem in Indonesia. David said that the special economic zone would later optimize the existence of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). "We project AFF Singhasari to become the largest content creator ecosystem in Indonesia, and also want the presence of this SEZ to become a bottom up economy based on MSMEs," said David in Malang, reported by Antara, Tuesday (25/10/2022). David explained, currently the preparation of basic infrastructure, as well as administrative control tools at the Singhasari SEZ are 100% ready.
In addition, with the inauguration of the AFF, it is also a sign that the KEK is operating. According to him, in 2024 his party will focus on the education sector which will enter the Singhasari KEK. KEK Singhasari will work with a number of universities to grow a digital economic ecosystem, one of which is with the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM). "Next for 2024 the focus will be on education. Several foreign universities have collaborated with us and UMM will soon conduct a ground breaking for the construction of the Center of Future," he said. On that occasion, Deputy Governor of East Java Emil Dardak added that the Singhasari SEZ had included a number of stakeholders such as the education sector, business, community including the government. He hopes that with the inauguration of the AFF KEK Singhasari it will also be easier to convince outside networks to support the existence of the special economic zone in Malang Regency. "Surely later it will be easier to mobilize and convince stakeholders and networks to support what is our commitment," he said. The Singhasari SEZ is the first Digital SEZ in Indonesia and is one of four other special economic zones on the island of Java. The Singhasari SEZ is expected to be able to create a national creative ecosystem. In an effort to accelerate other clusters within the Singhasari KEK, one of the strategies developed is the establishment of a Joint Venture Company or a joint venture company with other investor partners.