Workshop on Economic Update for the Riau Islands

About the Workshop

The Indonesian Province of the Riau Islands (PRI) has a population of almost 2 million, and a land area of 8,200 sq kilometres dispersed across a vast maritime expanse. Situated close to Singapore, the islands of Batam, Bintan, and Karimun have established reputations for activities such as electronics assembly, and ship building.

Drawing on its trading heritage and openness to foreign direct investment, in 2004 the Riau Islands seceded from Riau to establish a separate province. Since then, the fledgling province has had to contend with formidable challenges, including creating and staffing an entirely new government, weathering slumps in established economic sectors, and navigating between local needs and national policy frameworks. 

Over the past three years, the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute has been studying political, economic, and social trends in this province, with conferences held in 2017 and 2018 This third and final conference will examine: recent developments in the Riau Islands provincial government; evolving policy frameworks to attract foreign direct investment; and opportunities and challenges in three promising sectors for the province’s economy – tourism, shipping and logistics, and the digital economy. 

Attendance to the Workshop is free of charge but registration is required by 19 November.

As seats are limited, please register early. Admission to the Workshop can only be taken as confirmed upon receiving the written acceptance from ISEAS. For any queries, please feel free to e-mail . 

Best wishes 
Dr Francis Hutchinson and Dr Siwage Dharma Negara 

Download the programme here. (Updated as of 14 November 2019)


For registration, please click here. Registration closes on 19 November 2019.


Nov 21 2019


2:00 pm - 5:45 pm


ISEAS Seminar Room 1 & 2