The sea connectivity between Indonesia and Philippines has implemented by the first voyage of RoRo vessel to Bitung Bitung-Davao/General Santos. It expected to raise, primarily for Indonesia, the maritime and economy potentials.
Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi said the sea connectivity would create new routes, and trade, it supports, also, the national priority that Indonesian President initiated to make Port of Bitung as the international hub.
”The sea connectivity would provide a great opportunity for the economy, time management, and trade for two countries,” said the Minister in his statement, in Jakarta, Tuesday (5/2).
It would develop the local economy and investment, and the tourism as well, the Minister added.
”The new routes opening is in line with the national program to enhance the Indonesian maritime sector so that the global axis maritime idea would realise,” he said.
Besides, he continued, it expected to increase the tourism sector in East Indonesia by providing it with a contribution of people-to-people contact in the future.
“Admittedly, it was for the trade only. For first step, the Philippines would transport flour products from Davao to Bitung. Meanwhile, from Bitung, the vessel would transport corn, copra, and machinery,” said the Minister.