Maritime is high on Indonesia’s agenda. The programme focussing on the country’s maritime industry, the Global Maritime Fulcrum, aims at transforming Indonesia into the centre hub and into one of the main influencers of the maritime world. It has opened investment opportunities for foreign companies to participate in Indonesia’s port constructions, operation, maintenance, rental of equipment, and parts supplies. Time for Maritime Holland to investigate the opportunities for the Dutch.
Indonesia is the largest island country in the world and has the fourth longest coastline, with two thirds of Indonesia’s major cities based in coastal areas. Around 60 per cent of the total population lives along the shoreline. Sea transport is of major importance to Indonesia to connect the islands and to link the country to the outside world. In 2015 the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries conducted a research that estimated the long-term potential for Indonesian maritime revenue at up to US$ 800 billion per year, gained from industries such as shipping, offshore, fisheries and naval tourism.
After the success of the in 2012 designated maritime hotspots Rio de Janeiro, St. Petersburg and Istanbul, the Trade Council of network organisation Maritime by Holland recently launched the maritime hotspots programme 2016-2018. The programme’s goal is to intensify the relationships, enhance cooperation and encourage economic growth between the Netherlands and upcoming maritime regions in South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Gulf of Mexico, and Indonesia is one of the designated maritime hotspots. Commissioned by Maritime by Holland, Pricewaterhouse-
Coopers Consulting Indonesia, together with Dutch Marstrat conducted market research in 2015, mainly to investigate opportunities for the Dutch maritime industry to contribute and challenges likely to be faced. Conclusion was that opportunities lie in education (skill development), technology, maintenance, spare parts, repair and refitting in the sectors ports, shipbuilding and fisheries. One of the recommendations was to endorse initiatives with a bilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Dutch and Indonesian governments. By the time of writing, such an MoU was planned to be signed between the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders and the Indonesian Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs Rizal Ramli on 24 March, in presence of among others Wim van Sluis (chairman Maritime by Holland) and Hans Voorneveld (chairman Netherlands Maritime Technology).
In the wake of this MoU, Dutch and Indonesian companies will get together in Indonesia for a bilateral workshop in Jakarta, subdivided into shipbuilding, fisheries and institutional aspects in the maritime field, for example regulations, intended to develop a work programme. Maritime by Holland and Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) will be present, as well as emeritus professor ports and waterways of TU Delft Han Ligteringen, who has been appointed by the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta to support Dutch companies who want to do business in Indonesia: “The work programme will take shape during the coming year and the progress will be monitored. Indonesia has …………………..
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