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Indonesian govt gives seven seaport projects priority status

Indonesian govt gives seven seaport projects priority status
The construction of seven new seaports across Indonesia will be among the priorities of the government’s medium-term infrastructure development plan, according to the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas), local media reported.

Bappenas’ head Andrinof Chaniago reiterated that Indonesia would increasingly rely on seaports and other maritime-related projects for its basic infrastructure needs in the future. As such developments for seaports and other projects would be spread across the country, especially in the less developed eastern regions, as the government seeks to spread growth equally throughout the regions to reduce dependency on Java, Andrinof said.

“For the first phase, we will prioritize construction of at least seven seaports, such as in Makassar [South Sulawesi] and Bitung [North Sulawesi], which have been listed in the National Mid-Term Development Plan [RPJMN] for 2015-2019,” he said.

Andrinof said out of Indonesia's 200 seaports, the government planned to expand 24 hub seaports, comprising 11 major and feeder ports as well as the remaining 13 to facilitate cargo handling.