The Jakarta Post
Despite a recent ministerial decree to alter the status of the under-construction Kuala Tanjung Port to that of a domestic hub, the government has decided to reinstate it as an international hub.
Acting North Sumatra governor Tengku Erry Nuradi said President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had stressed that the port should be an international hub to maintain investor interest in the project.
"The President emphasized that it must remain an international hub in order not to decrease investors' trust [in the project]," he told reporters following a closed-door meeting at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Thursday.
Kuala Tanjung Port will be developed in several phases — first, the construction of a multipurpose terminal; second, the development of an industrial area; and third, the development of a container port and residential area.
The first phase of the project, estimated to cost Rp 34 trillion (US$2.5 billion), is slated to be finished this year.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi confirmed that Kuala Tanjung Port would maintain its status as an international hub.
"It was always going to be an international hub, [the recent ministerial decree] is temporary, because we are also in the middle of developing Tanjung Priok Port," he said after the same meeting. (bbn)
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