Indonesian President Joko Widodo today 20/12 inaugurated the port of Patimban, affirmed this port has a “strategic” role in promoting the Indonesian economy affected by the pandemic.
|Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: AFP|
Patimban seaport with investment capital of 43,200 billion rupiah (equivalent to 3.07 billion USD) was built in Subang town, West Java province, 140 km east of Jakarta capital. This is one of the infrastructure projects prioritized by the Indonesian government to boost Southeast Asia’s largest economy and reduce the pressure on the overloaded Tanjung Priok port.
Speaking over the connection from the state palace, President Joko Widodo said the first of three phases of the Patimban port project in Indonesia’s most populous province has been completed. “In the midst of the pandemic, Patimban seaport, one of the national strategic projects, was still completed”, President Joko Widodo said.
“With its strategic location, I am sure that the port of Patimban will be key in connecting sectors ranging from industrial production to agriculture and enhancing exports”, President Joko Widodo added.
Built with the funding of the Japanese government, Patimban seaport is expected to boost Indonesia’s economic recovery after the country fell into its first recession in 22 years in the third quarter. .
The Indonesian government aims to build Patimban seaport to enhance the competitiveness of exports, especially goods in the automotive sector.
Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the test operation of Patimban seaport had been carried out before the first official date of operation on December 20. Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi said: “On the opening day, the port of Patimban shipped the first batch of goods, including 140 cars produced by Toyota and Daihatsu to move to Brunei”.
It is expected that immediately after its completion in 2027, Patimban port is estimated to create up to 5 million jobs in West Java province.