Maersk: Indonesia port access a problem

Jakob Friis Sorensen, president director of Maersk Line Indonesia, talks to FinanceAsia about the vital expansion of the country's ports.
Joko "Jokowi" Widodo tours Tanjung Priok port in 2014
Joko "Jokowi" Widodo tours Tanjung Priok port in 2014

Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Indonesia’s president, has made upgrading the country’s ports infrastructure one of his priorities.

As an archipelago of more than 13,000 islands, the maritime industry is key to the fortunes of the country and to the continued development of its trade relationships.

Criticisms of the existing ports infrastructure include the limited size of second-tier ports, inconsistencies of rules, turnaround times and the lack of a nationwide framework.

However, the government is creating a “Sea Toll Road”, which it hopes will modernise the country’s ports system, as part of a Rp5,519.4 trillion $429 billion infrastructure upgrade over five years.

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