Batam in Riau Islands will host the Indonesia
International Maritime Festival (IIMF), in conjunction with the 2014
Multilateral Naval Exercises Komodo (MNEK).
Jimmy Basuki, a representative from IIMF organizer PT
Mare Nostrum, said the IIMF would include a maritime conference and expo as well as
sports, leisure and entertainment.
maritime conference and expo are aimed at mapping the strength of the
nation's maritime sector with, among other things, the participation of
hundreds of Batam shipyards,” Jimmy told a press conference on Tuesday.
He said the Batam shipyards could promote their
capabilities to countries participating in the 2014 MNEK.
Jimmy claimed that the IIMF, which will be held at the Planet
Holiday Hotel, would be the first maritime event held in the country since the Arung
Samudera event in 1996.
said the event was also being supported by the Indonesian
Navy, the Defense Ministry, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry
and a number of other
ministries to support the 2014 MNEK, which will welcome representatives
from ASEAN 10 member countries and their partners, China, Japan, India,
New Zealand, Russia, South
Korea and the United States. The exercises will take place from March 28
to April 3.