The 2012 Vote
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|Jim Kouri||September 6th 2012|
On Labor Day, during a campaign visit in Detroit, Vice President Joe Biden boasted that had President Barack Obama not intervened with a huge bailout to General Motors, the company's plants would have been shutdown and thousands of employees thrown out of work. However, during this week's Democratic Party Convention Biden and Obama failed to announce GM's planned outsourcing to Indonesia and other nations .
According to a press statement from the Indonesian branch of General Motors, the firm had allocated some $150 million to build a production facility in Bekasi, West Java province in Indonesia. The new plant is scheduled to open and begin building automobiles sometime in 2013.
"The construction of the new plant began in August in Bekasi," Marketing Director of General Motor Indonesia (GMI), Yuniadi Hartono, said. The new GM plant is expected to produce more than 40,000 cars each year and will employ 800 new workers. The workers will be trained with skills and production technical aspects that fit with international quality standards, according to GM.
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 has maintained a 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, according to the Jakarta Globe.
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, according to Moody's.
Jim Kouri, the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, writes for the Examiner, from where this article is adapted. He has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the U.S.