Once the lowest in Sumatra in the first Quarter of 2017, Riau island ‘s economy grew 4.47 percent in the first Quarter of 2018. Nationally from 34 provinces, Riau island ranking rose from position 33 to position 29. Head of Region Balance Sheet and Statistical Analysis of Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) Kepri Zunadi said the Riau island’s economic growth is still dominated by three economic structures namely category of processing industry, construction and mining and quarrying.

“The processing industry contributed 1.65 percent. That’s the biggest contribution in improving Riau’s economy, “said Zunadi in Tanjungpinang, Monday (7/5/2018).

Riau’s economic growth in the first quarter of this year is much better when compared with the same period in the first quarter of 2017. In Quarter I-2017 only grew by 2.02 percent, while this year 4.47 percent.

The economic growth also boosted Riau island nationally. Once in position 33 of 34 provinces, now rose 4 ranks in 29th position. “The economic growth of Kepri is rising and is in the 29th position above Aceh, Riau, Bangka Belitung, West Kalimantan and West Nusa Tenggara which is still the lowest,” he said. And within the regional scope, Riau Islands Regional Gross Regional Dosmetic (PDRD) contributes 7.85 percent to GDP for the scope of Sumatra Island.

However, when compared with the growth of Riau Islands in the fourth quarter-2017 ago, Riau’s economic growth in the first quarter 2018 decreased 0.93 percent. The category that experienced the deepest decline was the sector of government administration and compulsory social security, ie -23.26 percent. Meanwhile, from the expenditure side that experienced the deepest decline from the sector of government consumption expenditure of -71.88 percent.

“Other sectors that experienced a decline include electricity and gas procurement, agriculture, forestry and fisheries. In addition there is the provision of accommodation, food drinks, real estate, transportation and warehousing, “he explained.



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