JAKARTA, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- A senior official at Indonesian branch of U.S. General Motors said on Monday that the firm had allocated some 150 million U.S. dollars to build production facility in Bekasi, West Java province, scheduled to commence operation in 2013.
"The construction of the new plant began in August 2011, covering an area of 13 hectares in Bekasi," Marketing Director of General Motor Indonesia (GMI), Yuniadi Hartono, said here.
He added that the new plant is designed to produce 40,000 cars per annum, to employ 800 workers. He said that the workers would be trained with skills and production technical aspects that fit with international quality standards.
He said that they will undergo the training programs in GM production facilities across the world, tapping the knowledge about high-quality car production and how to expand the firm's businesses.
Indonesia, the largest economy in Southeast Asia region, has been demonstrating strong economy with continuing positive growth estimated to reach 6.5 percent this year and 7.2 percent next year on the back of strong domestic demands.
The country received investment grade ratings from international rating agencies earlier this year for its stable and resilience economy in dealing with crisis hitting global economies in the last few years.