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EU-ASEAN: Strengthening connectivity

Denpasar   /   Tue, September 26, 2017   /  02:03 pm
EU-ASEAN: Strengthening connectivity Giant arm: Workers oversee a crane moving a container to a docking cargo ship at Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, East Java. (JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)

The ASEAN-Europe agenda on Connectivity is growing and the EU is committed to strengthening its engagement even further. As we are a major economic player in Southeast Asia, the first investor and the second largest trading partner of ASEAN, we need to ensure that our cooperation on Connectivity — both in hard and soft infrastructure — gathers pace accordingly. When it comes to transport and connectivity we certainly live in exciting times! By 2030, it is expected that 60 percent of us will live in urban areas. Air traffic is projected to grow to 7.2 billion passengers in 2035; a near doubling of last year’s 3.8 billion air travellers. There are estimations that the world needs to invest an average of US$3.3 trillion in infrastructure, much of it for transport needs, just to support currently expected rates of growth. The so-called “disruptive” technologi...

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