The Minister of Transportation and the ASEAN-China Ministers Discussed Strengthening Logistics Transportation

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi discussed strengthening the transportation and logistics system with ministers in the ASEAN region and China in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and promote economic recovery.

"Indonesia encourages countries in ASEAN-China to formulate joint and collaborative actions as well as strategic steps in the transportation sector to build resilience against the pandemic, as well as to share best practices and experiences regarding actions taken in the transportation sector," the Minister said in a statement. officially in Jakarta, Friday.

At the meeting, the Minister of Transportation conveyed Indonesia's commitment and determination to ensure that the logistics system and transportation connectivity, especially in the ASEAN region, can run well during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

A number of these commitments include ensuring all ports in Indonesia remain open to give priority to logistics transportation, such as basic necessities, basic necessities, and medical equipment.

Then, pay attention to the situation faced by many sailors who are trapped on ships abroad by making a Standard Operational Prochedure (SOP) on the repatriation of Indonesian seafarers, so that sailors can be sent home safely and safely according to health protocols.

"Until now, Indonesia has successfully repatriated around 24,000 sailors safely," he explained.

The next commitment, the Government of Indonesia has also established a Adaptasi Kebiasaan Baru (AKB) period where transportation control is carried out by implementing health protocols to facilitate the movement of the community so that they can remain productive but still safe from COVID-19. This was done in order to re-activate the economy that was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He explained that in the COVID-19 pandemic situation, cooperation and collaboration between countries, including bilateral cooperation between each ASEAN member country and China continues, one of which is the Jakarta - Bandung Fast Train project.

Indonesia appreciates the commitment from China in the collaboration project of the Jakarta-Bandung Fast Train. In the future, Indonesia plans to expand the project from Bandung to Surabaya.

In addition, Indonesia also continues to make efforts to improve national connectivity, one of which is completing the master plan for the construction of the New International Airport in North Bali, whose design also includes the operation of bus and train lines to connect the northern and southern parts of Bali.

The Minister of Transportation said that Bali as a leading tourist destination requires a well-designed transportation system to expand its connectivity.

Then, Indonesia also offers cooperation in transportation development in the context of a plan to relocate the country's capital city from Jakarta to East Kalimantan, which carries the concept of a Smart System Smart Mobility, sustainable and environmentally friendly.

"We invite colleagues in ASEAN and China to collaborate and support land, sea and air transportation development projects as well as rail infrastructure projects in Indonesia through the Public Private Partnership scheme," he said.

The Minister of Transportation stated that the initiatives and collaborations carried out under the framework of ASEAN-China transportation cooperation are very necessary to achieve a common goal, namely to immediately encourage economic recovery both regionally in ASEAN-China and globally.

In addition to the Minister of Transportation, the Minister of Transportation from a number of countries were also present, such as the Minister of Transportation and Communication of Brunei Darussalam Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib, the Minister of Transportation of the People's Republic of China Li Xiaopeng, the Secretary General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, and a number of Transport Ministers and representatives of ASEAN member countries. (Source: