Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) emphasized that the development of main ports in Indonesia should be consolidated and connected so as to complement and support one another.

"I want to remind that our major strategy, the direction of development of our main ports, including Patimban and Tanjung Priok, as well as 28 other main ports, should be consolidated," Jokowi remarked during a limited meeting on acceleration of the Patimban national strategic project at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Tuesday.

The president believes that consolidated construction of main ports will offer a concrete and clear direction for development, with each port playing its role while functioning as a complementary to other ports.

"Hence, the way forward is clear and concrete. Each has its segment and complementary to one another," Jokowi remarked.

This will offer a broad impact, specifically in the functioning of ports to accelerate and boost economic growth.

"It will boost growth in regional economic centers, enhance logistical services, and improve export efficiency and competitiveness," he emphasized.

The president remarked that the northern coast of Java had been connected with a toll road, so it could become an economic super corridor, supported by the development of port infrastructure.

The Patimban deep sea port is an under-construction sea port at Subang, West Java, located some 70 kilometers from the Karawang Industrial Estate.

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