The Jakarta Post
Indonesia and Japan on Wednesday agreed that the latter would help develop six of Indonesia’s outermost islands – Sabang, Natuna, Morotai, Saumlaki, Moa and Biak.
The projects include the construction of seaports and markets as well as the extension of satellite and radar coverage and providing technical assistance for the islands’ development.
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastu said the development of outermost islands was very important, not only to improve the welfare residents there, but also to strengthen national security and defense.
Therefore, when meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister’s special envoy, Hiroto Izumi, Susi asked Japan not only to help develop six islands, but 60 islands to help Indonesia monitor its territory more closely.Read also: Japan eyes several mega infrastructure projects
“If we have 60 coastal radars in all outermost islands, Indonesia will be in a secure condition,” said Susi after her meeting with Izumi, as reported by tempo.co, adding that stability in Indonesia would have a good impact on stability in Asia.
Meanwhile, the ministry’s director general for maritime territories, Brahmantya Satyamurti, said the outermost island projects were expected to kick off late this year, when President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo would meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
The projects would start on three islands – Sabang, Natuna and Morotai. (bbn)