Indonesia’s Silicon Valley in Cikidang
Politician Budiman Sudjatmiko promises to build a tech complex called the Bukit Algoritma, or Algorithm Hill. Touted to be the Silicon Valley of Indonesia, the new project means to attract investors to the currently neglected Sukabumi Special Economic Zone.
THE last time Acip Suripto harvested coffee in the plantation in Cikidang, Sukabumi Regency, West Java, was in 1996. Four years later, coffee, rubber, and tea crops had been slowly replaced, as the plantation switched hands from one owner to another.
Later on, in 2008-2009, Acip’s hometown was taken over by an oil palm plantation. “To this day. There are hotels, restaurants, and residential areas there, too,” said Acip, 65 year...