Jakarta (ANTARA) - The under-construction Patimban Port, Subang, West Java, will be connected with Kertajati Airport in Majalengka and Bekapur (Bekasi, Karawang and Purwakarta) industrial areas to boost export competitiveness, particularly in the automotive sector, President Joko Widodo stated.

"We are optimistic that the construction of Patimban would lead to the establishment of a triangle of economic zones, specifically Patimban, Kertajati airport, and Bekasi-Karawang-Purwakarta as an industrial area connected and supporting each other," the president stated at the Bogor Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, during a virtual limited meeting on acceleration of the Patimban project.

Vice President Ma'ruf Amin and cabinet ministers partook in the meeting.

The president instructed his aides to expedite construction of the Patimban deep sea port.

The port that will serve as a complementary to Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta is expected to boost trade growth from industries in West Java.

"We will accelerate the Patimban Port (construction), and we are optimistic that Patimban would play a strategic role in West Java's trade. It will be developed to be complementary to Tanjung Priok and not as a competitor," he stated.

Patimban Port in Subang District, West Java, is targeted for a soft launch in 2020. The port is expected to become the largest in Indonesia in 2027, particularly to serve Indonesian automotive exports.

Port development is planned in three phases, with investment totaling Rp50 trillion. Budget for the first phase of construction is expected to reach Rp20 trillion.

Patimban Port is located some 70 kilometers from the Karawang Industrial Estate and 145 kilometers from the capital Jakarta.

The port comprises a total area of 654 hectares of which 300 hectares will be dedicated for intermodal containers and vehicle terminals, while the rest of the 354 hectares will serve as a back-up area.

The first stage of port development is expected to be completed by June 2020 and will be fully completed by 2027. Related news: Development of main ports should complement one another: Jokowi
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