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Innovation, integration, equitability: ‘Tol Laut’ program needs more, say experts

  • Adrian Wa’il Akhlas

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 4, 2019   /  01:53 pm
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Cranes load and unload containers at Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, East Java, one of the biggest ports in Indonesia.(Antara/Zabur Karuru)

The maritime highway program to boost sea connectivity and cut shipping costs, coined "Tol Laut" (sea toll road) by the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has yet to encourage regional economic development and would take innovative measures to realize its full potential, stakeholders say. “We have yet to see the Tol Laut program boost participation of local economies and thus, we will need to identify the problems in business, logistics and other sectors,” Wihana Kirana Jaya, the Transportation Ministry's economy and investment senior adviser, said on Oct. 2 at a discussion in Jakarta. Wihana added that the maritime highway program needed increased participation and integration with local commodities businesses, ports and outlying regions to encourage regular s...