Indonesia: The New ‘Maritime Power’?


Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia has vowed to transform Indonesia, which includes 17,000 islands into a ‘maritime power’, and also includes plans to improve port infrastructure, as well as plans to fund a massive infrastructure programme, according to Bloomberg.

Developments are also set to take place in the Natuna Islands, which is close to where it is currently involved in a dispute with China in the South China Sea.

Joko Widodo said: “Indonesia has to be actively involved in promoting the resolution on South China Sea spat through negotiation and peaceful measures.

“We will develop areas such as Entikong, Natuna and Atambua so that the world sees Indonesia as a great nation that pays attention on every inch of its land.”

This news follows Indonesia’s intention to shut down illegal ports in the country in a bid to eliminate smuggling.

In other news, Indonesia State-owned port operator Pelabuhan Indonesia II announced that it aimed to begin operations at the New Priok Terminal on July 15, 2016.

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