The Jakarta Post
Spain and Italy have pledged to boost cooperation with Indonesia in the field of maritime infrastructure development and its related trade, after the ambassadors of both countries met with Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Susilo in Jakarta on Wednesday.
In his discussion with Indroyono, Spanish Ambassador to Indonesia Francisco Jose Viqueira Niel outlined the Spanish government's cooperation plans with Indonesia in the sector, including a review of the Mina Jaya fishing boat construction program, which was carried out in the 1990s. Spain has become an effective partner with Indonesia in the field of shipbuilding.
The Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister said in a statement that a team from Indonesia had been sent to Spain to study the Rodman shipyard in Vigo, Spain, while also preparing for the arrival of four patrol ships to strengthen the Maritime Security Board (Bakamla).
Indonesia hoped for Spanish investment in Indonesian shipyard construction, particularly in Kuala Tanjung, North Sumatra and in Sorong, West Papua, the statement said.
Meanwhile, Minister Indroyono also met with Italian Ambassador to Indonesia Federico Failla to discuss, among other things, Indonesia's participation in the 2015 World Expo, which will be held in Milan between May and October.
Indonesia plans to send several Navy ships to Italy to participate in the Expo's World Ocean Day on June 8.
Trade with Italy will also be strengthened in the field of maritime product processing. (dyl/nfo)(++++)
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