... Our maritime potential is impressive, but, to be honest, we could not optimize it yet... "
Surabaya, East Java (ANTARA News) - Indonesia for the first time will host Marintec Indonesia 2014, an international maritime industry exhibition and conference, at Jakarta International Expo on November 26-28, 2014.

Industrial Vice Minister Alex Retraubun told the media that the exhibition is a collaboration between Industrial Ministry and UBM Indonesia, with around 100 domestic and foreign maritime industrial companies ready to participate.

"Marintec Indonesia will bring together many business people, technical managers, operational experts in shipping, and offshore industries from across the world. About 250 national shipping industries will be invited," he said at a conference related to the event.

He believed that the event could become a platform to exchange information and new ideas, which will increase business opportunities.

Although Indonesia has a large maritime area, the country has not yet optimized its maritime potential to support national economic development.

"Our maritime potential is impressive, but, to be honest, we could not optimize it yet. I hope the new government will have a policy to increase the potential in order to support national economy," he said.

Alex admitted that the maritime industrial sector has not been managed properly because it is currently being handled by a third level of government official. He wished that the government will be more concerned.

At the same time, UBM Asia Senior Vice President Christopher Eve stated that Indonesias maritime potential is remarkable and has an important role in supporting national economy.

"As a developing country, it is important for Indonesia to provide a modern and efficient commercial shipping fleet, including good maintenance of industry and shipyard," he added.

Industries from China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, United Kingdom, France, and Indonesia will participate in the exhibition.

Editor: Ade P Marboen
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