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Cafe Mauro opens in Batam Centre
BATAM has a new, upscale Italian restaurant and bar, the Casa Mauro, located next to the Harmoni One Hotel in Batam Centre. Featuring homemade pastas, a variety of veal dishes, as well as beef, poultry and seafood entries, the restaurant prides itself on its selection of fine wines. At right, co-owner Becki Poulos shows off the stylish brick bar, also at center. At bottom is the coal-fired pizza oven. The restaurant offers ample off-street parking and is a short walk to the Batam Centre ferry terminal and to Mega Mall. For reservations, call +62 778 461 997. E-mail: info@casamauro.com; Web : www.casamauro.com.

THE BATAM municipal government in Riau Islands has reopened the "Ex-Vietnamese Camp" Museum in Galang Island for tourists after it has been renovated.
"The renovation is part of maintenance. Now many tourists start to visit the museum, especially at the weekend or on national holidays," said the head of the Batam City Tourism Board, Yusfa Hendri.
Hendri noted the renovation covered the museum building and other buildings in
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its premises built by the Indonesian government in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1975.
There were a lot of buildings on the site in the past, including a place of worship, an office, school, residence and public sphere. By the 1990s, however, almost half of them were ruined due to lack of care, he said. He added that some of the buildings still could be repaired, including the Maria Immaculata Catholic Church.
"The original architecture of several places of worship built when Vietnamese citizens stayed here remains as it was," he said.
The Ex-Vietnamese Camp is one of the alternative tourist destinations in Batam.
"The Ex-Vietnamese Camp is a historical tourist site, which also serves as one of Batam’s main tourist destinations," he said.
The Galang Island used to be home to about 180,000 Vietnamese refugees from 1975 to 1996. They fled their country because of the Vietnamese war. The Indonesian government, in association with the UNHCR, developed the island as a refugee camp.
The Ex-Vietnamese Camp is located about 70 kilometers from the downtown of Batam City. - Reprinted courtesy of Antara

THE INDONESIAN government plans to sell seven state enterprises this year to raise funds to finance expansion plans and improve corp-orate governance. Included are plans
to sell shares of units of PLN Batam, a subsidiary of state electric company Perusahaan Listrik Negara.
PLN Batam’s president director, Dadan Kurniadipura, said last year that the proceeds from the IPO would be used to help finance projects in Batam, including a steam-fueled power plant and a hydroelectric plant.
The State Enterprise Ministry aims to sell stakes of state postal service Pos Indonesia, state pawnshop operator Pegadaian and state cement maker Semen Baturaja through initial public offerings.
The government also wants to sell shares of Aneka Tambang through a limited public offering or a rights offering, and shares in Kertas Leces, Varuna Tirta Prakasya and Bhanda Graha Reksa, and a unit of Garuda Indonesia and state energy company Pertamina through strategic investors, said Pandu Djajanto, a state enterprise deputy minister. However, Pandu did not specify the target proceeds from these IPOs.
Semen Baturaja expects to raise Rp 1 trillion ($103.8 million) by offering two billion in shares, or 35% of its enlarged capital, to investors, said the company’s president, Pamudji Rahardjo. He said last year that the proceeds from the IPO would be used to fund the construction of a new cement plant.
The new plant, Pamuji said, will have the capacity to produce 1.5 million tons of cement a year, boosting the firm’s total production capacity to 3.5 million tons a year by 2016.
The construction of the new plant will cost Semen Baturaja Rp 3.5 trillion and the company has appointed Danareksa Sekuritas, Bahana Securities and Mandiri Sekuritas as the lead underwriters. The IPO has been postponed since October. – Reprinted courtesy of The Jakarta Globe
LOW-COST carrier Citilink Indonesia says that it has ordered 50 twin turboprop French-Italian Avions de Transport Regional ATR 72-600 aircraft to expand its domestic and international flight services.   
Citilink CEO Arif Wibowo said the airline would accept delivery of the aircraft until 2017, with the first five to be delivered in September.
“The five aircraft that we are going to operate this year will be based at our hub in Batam, connect-ing that city to      
cities in Sumatra,” Arif said. He added that the airline would provide service from Batam to international destinations such as Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
Arif also said that the airline would likely rely on foreign pilots for the first two years until enough local candidates completed initial flying school training and were type-rated for the ATR 72-600. The manufac-turer of the ATR has agreed to provide pilots and maintenance technicians.
Contacted separately, Citilink Vice President for Communication and Marketing Aristo Kristandyo said that putting the turboprop planes into operation would give the airline a competitive boost.
“Indonesia has a huge aviation market that is large enough for every operator to enjoy. By operating both Airbuses and ATRs, we will be able to tap into the whole market segment, strengthening our position in the country’s aviation industry,” Aristo said.
The airline will also announce this month that it will open hubs for the ATR 72-600s in several other cities.
Ariso said Citilink was scheduled to take a delivery of 10 new Airbus A320s this year, which will in-crease its Airbus aircraft numbers to 30 by the end of 2013.
With the new aircraft, the airline plans to expand service to more cities and to increase frequency on existing routes, such as Jakarta-Surabaya, Jakarta–Medan, Jakarta–Denpasar and Jakarta–Makassar.
“For the new route, we plan to connect Batam to Palembang [South Sumatra] starting on Jan. 10,” he said, adding that the airline was still struggling to get a slot to link Palembang and the capital city.
Citilink estimates it will carry 7.2 million passengers with its Airbus fleet alone in 2013, almost double the 4 million the airline transported in 2012. – Reprinted courtesy of The Jakarta Post
Batam reopens Vietnamese refugee camp museum
PLN Batam part of government SOE sell-off
Citilink to expand routes from Batam
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