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Nikkei Forum Jakarta

Taxis can coexist with ride-hailers, says Blue Bird president

48-year-old Indonesian company looks to become mobility services operator

Blue Bird President Director Noni Purnomo, right, speaks during the Nikkei Forum in Jakarta on Feb. 25. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

JAKARTA -- The rise of Southeast Asia's ride-hailing companies, such as Gojek and Grab, has disrupted traditional transport providers. But the head of Indonesia's largest taxi operator Blue Bird says both types of provider can coexist and create better mobility services for the public.

"Once [the current] price war is over, I think we all can kind of collaborate together because the market is big," Blue Bird's President Director Noni Purnomo said at the Nikkei Forum Jakarta 2020 on Tuesday.

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