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Ride-Hailing Giant Grab to Invest $2 Bn in Indonesia using SoftBank funds

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Ride-hailing giant Grab is investing USD 2 billion in Indonesia over the next five years, using funds from Japan’s SoftBank Group to boost its presence in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, the firms said Monday.

The Singapore-based firm has seen its business grow rapidly since it bought US-based rival Uber’s regional ride-hailing and food business in March last year in exchange for a 27.5 per cent stake in Grab.

Its Indonesian investment will focus on building a next-generation electric vehicle transport network and rolling out e-healthcare services to improve access to doctors and medical services across the archipelago.

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The announcement came after SoftBank last week said it would partner with tech firms including Apple and Microsoft in a new USD 108-billion investment fund.

It is the long-mooted successor to its mammoth Vision Fund, which took stakes in leading tech start-ups from Uber to WeWork.

“Indonesia’s technology sector has huge potential,” SoftBank chairman Masayoshi Son said in a statement. “I’m very happy to be investing USD 2 billion into the future of Indonesia through Grab.”

The Japanese firm has also invested in Grab, which competes with Indonesian ride-hailing giant GoJek, and offers a host of services, including food delivery and bill payments.

On Monday, Grab also announced plans to build a second headquarters in Indonesia that will house a research and design centre. (AFP)

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Suman Chaudhary
An engineer by education and writer by profession, Suman keeps tab on startup ecosystem of India and leads the research team of IndiaWeb2 for covering funding deals, merger & acquisition and market reports.

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