Jakarta– Coordinating Minister for Marine Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan met with three Indian ministers in India to encourage cooperation between the two countries in the field of maritime.
In a press release in Jakarta on Friday (18/05/2018), Luhut held three bilateral meetings with Minister of State of Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu and with Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari who also serves as Minister of Water Resources, Rural Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
In the series of bilateral talks, there are opportunities for cooperation between the two countries, such as aircraft industry, drones, palm oil, generic drug production, training to develop maritime human resources, waste plastic processing into energy, river cleaning and biodiesel technology .
The Indian government also expressed interest in investing in the western tip of Indonesia.
“The desire of India to invest in Sabang there is a hospital, there is also a sea port because it is close to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands,” said Luhut.
The former Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Polhukam welcomed the interest because the cooperation between the two countries is expected to have an impact on the security stability in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Oceans.
“I think it is important that the balance of power be built here so that no superpower can create instability,” he said.
Furthermore, specifically in the tourism sector, discussed also about the opening of direct flight routes from Delhi or Mumbai to Jakarta, Bali, Medan, or other cities in Indonesia.
Opportunities that can not be ruled out because of the high number of foreign tourists visiting India to Indonesia that some 485,000 people last year.
“The total number of tourists from India to Indonesia increased 28 percent in 2017,” said Luhut.
Overall, Luhut sees India’s technological advantages as affordable, functional, and in line with Indonesia’s needs.
“They make their products affordable, suitable, but functional, which I think is important for a developing country like ours, so do not look at the luxuries we do not need,” he said.
As a follow up of this visit, the Coordinating Ministry for the Ministry of Marine Affairs will send a technical team back to India next week.
Cooperation opportunities that have become more concrete will be discussed at a higher level at the head of government, at the time of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Indonesia on May 30, 2018.
Source : Antara
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