Indonesian Ministry of Health reveals outcomes of Indonesia-Singapore Leaders Retreat focusing on healthcare investment and research development

THE Indonesia-Singapore Leaders Retreat, held at Bogor Palace on Monday, 29th April 2024, addressed cooperation in hospital investment and development within the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for Health in Sanur, Bali, as well as strengthening health research development, according to Siti Nadia Tarmizi, Head of the Ministry of Health (MoH) Communication and Public Service Bureau

“We discussed and finalised several agreements that had been established previously between the Indonesian and Singaporean governments.” 

The SEZ for Health in Sanur, Denpasar, was developed by the State-Owned Enterprises Holding Company PT Aviasi Pariwisata Indonesia (Persero) or InJourney through its subsidiary PT Hotel Indonesia Natour (HIN) in collaboration with Indonesia Healthcare Corporation (IHC) on a 41.26-hectare land.

As of early this year, there were 16 healthcare service centres and clinics planned to be established in the Sanur SEZ, including 10 independent clinics and six service centres from Bali International Hospital (BIH).

Among the international independent clinics are Mayo Clinic from the United States, aesthetic clinics from South Korea, hair transplant services from Turkey, reproductive health clinics from Malaysia, Alster Lake Clinic health services from Germany, and healthcare services from Japan.

Exploration of Singapore’s investment potential to introduce world-class hospital services in the Sanur SEZ has been ongoing since the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Marves), the MoH of Indonesia, and the MoH of Singapore initiated communication via virtual meetings in February 2024.

Discussions progressed through a courtesy meeting agenda between the Indonesian and Singaporean Health Ministers on 19th March 2024, to follow up on the potential cooperation in hospital investment, Nadia mentioned.

In addition to hospital facility development investments, she further elaborated that Indonesia and Singapore had also discussed strengthening biomedical research and genome sequence development in healthcare services.

“In September 2023, a meeting between the Health Minister and the CEO of Temasek Foundation had a similar initiative with Indonesia on the development of biomedical research and genome sequence and were ready to provide implementation examples in hospitals in Singapore,” she added.

According to Nadia, Temasek, as a Singaporean state-owned enterprise, will support the enhancement of Indonesia’s healthcare human resource capacity through training and scholarships.

Source: Antara News

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