The Netherlands and Indonesia singed a maritime collaboration in the field of port development, shipbuilding, and fishery logistics.
‘Indonesia aims to rank among the top 10 of world economies by 2025. The maritime sector is an important catalyst in this respect, and Dutch know-how and expertise are particularly opportune,’ Minister Schultz commented after signing the agreements.
‘Indonesia can create many new jobs, and the country offers a wide range of opportunities for Dutch companies.’
The Netherlands possesses know-how about, e.g., the most efficient ways to tranship goods in ports. Other topics in which the Netherlands is an expert include the construction of special economic zones around ports, port development, and logistics organisation. In addition, the Netherlands has a great deal to offer Indonesia in the field of maritime training programmes.
‘Ports and fisheries account for hundreds of thousands of jobs. Indonesia intends to boost its growth figures again to an annual 6 to 7 per cent. Better training programmes can help them achieve this goal,’ Ms Schultz emphasised.
Together with a business delegation from Indonesia and the Netherlands, Minister Schultz, Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam, and President Widodo visited Maasvlakte II. During a boat tour of the port of Rotterdam, the President was informed about the port development, the maritime sector, flood risk management, and coastal defence.
The maritime collaboration ties in well with ongoing collaboration in the field of water management and coastal development. The Dutch know-how will primarily be used to combat flooding, river pollution, and drinking water shortages.