Jakarta, The Gulf Observer: The Indonesian government has proposed the development of integrated ports at the 45th Meeting of ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group (45th MTWG) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, according to an official.
“Indonesia proposes to take a collaborative and competitive approach to improve coordination between port development and road access to ports in the ASEAN region,” said Lollan Panjaitan, Secretary of the Directorate General of Sea Transportation at the Ministry of Transportation, in a statement received on Wednesday.
He remarked that during the meeting, it was also conveyed that Indonesia is currently in the process of preparing a national port master plan.
The master plan aims to increase the role and function of ports in supporting national development that is expected to be published by the end of 2023.
He also highlighted several important aspects that were discussed, including the agenda related to the ASEAN Single Shipping Market (ASSM), where Brunei Darussalam presented an analysis of port network performance and port efficiency in ASEAN based on data submitted by other member countries.
The session also approved the proposal of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to provide full technical support for the Sustainable Ship Waste Management Strategy for ASEAN Project for two years in 2023-2025.
The meeting was also attended by leading maritime organizations, including the International Maritime Organization (IMO), ASEAN Ports Association (APA), Federation of ASEAN Shipowners’ Associations (FASA), World Shipping Council (WSC), Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), and Partnership for Infrastructure (P4I) Australia.