Indonesia, Netherlands agree to build maritime ties

Indonesia, Netherlands agree to build maritime ties

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and the Netherlands have agreed to cooperate in the sectors of coastal and maritime development to boost economic growth, the Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), Didi Suwondo, said.

"We will put in various efforts to develop maritime infrastructure and to promote all levels of the economy, among others," Suwondo stated here on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the construction of water absorption, infrastructure for anti-abrasion and ports were discussed, Suwondo noted.

He pointed out that the project was the first in the field of maritime cooperation, a necessity as Indonesia has a vast coastline.

"We selected the Dutch because they have experience in coastal infrastructure development. This cooperation will strengthen relations between the two countries," he affirmed.

Moreover, the Secretary of Economic Affairs of the Dutch Embassy in Indonesia, Peter de Vries, remarked that the cooperation would be beneficial for both nations.

"We will help develop the maritime infrastructure in Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, and cities outside Java," de Vries stated.

This five-year project will be evaluated during its course to bring in further improvements.

"This month, some of our contractors will identify maritime-related issues and problems in the coastal areas of Jakarta, after which we will decide on further steps," de Vries added.