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Jakarta Post

Government mulls plan to expand Benoa

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 20 2011   /  10:19 am

The central government and the local administration are deliberating a plan to expand the role of Benoa, the island’s largest ferry harbor in Southern Denpasar.

They are looking into possibilities to convert the harbor into an export-import port, a move that is expected to boost the island’s trade and industry sector.

Industry Minister M. S. Hidayat expressed his support of the idea of giving Bali its own export-import port.

“The central government has designated Bali as an acceleration point for eastern Indonesia economic and tourism development.

“Such a role requires the island to have a sufficient export-import port,” he said during his visit last week.

“I have asked several relevant agencies to carry out the necessary review and I have also informed the local administration to select one of the existing harbors to be developed into an ...