Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA News) - State-run port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) II has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority on port cooperation.

The MoU was signed by Pelindo`s Director of Operation and Information System, Prasetyadi, and Djibouti Ports` Director of Administration, Mohamed Aden Cheikh, on the sidelines of the Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF) in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday.

"Africa has the second highest economic growth after Asia. The cooperation with African countries is crucial for Indonesia," Prasetyadi noted.

The MoU has shown Pelindo`s support to the Foreign Affairs Ministry`s program to enhance the relations between Indonesia and Africa, he stated.

"The MoU is expected to encourage economic self-reliance through the development of port sector, while strengthening Indonesia`s identity as a maritime state," he added.

The agreement would cover cooperation on port development, promotion, customer services, and mutual development on maritime business and international trade, as well as other related aspects that could increase port operation and its performance in the future.

Under the agreement, both sides would exchange information and policy on various topics that are relevant to the activities, including personnel training, internship, comparative study, operational improvement, environment, and promotion of port services, in a bid to increase trade and maritime services.

The agreement has focused on the development in technology and operational improvement that emphasize on the program and policy on environment to improve air quality, water quality, port waste management, and wildlife habitat within the Pelindo ports area as well as Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority.

Reported by Yuni Arisandy

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