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Jakarta Post

Out with paper! Indonesia pilots digital logistics system in Batam

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 23, 2021   /  01:43 pm
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Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan (left) and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati (right) symbolically tap a golden globe to launch the Batam Logistics Ecosystem (BLE) on March 18, 2021 in Batam, Riau Islands.(Courtesy of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister/-)

The government has launched the Batam Logistics Ecosystem (BLE), a one-stop digital platform that aims to reduce high logistics costs by eliminating red tape caused by paper-based processes. “The potential for maritime projects in the Riau Islands is very high, which is why we want to accelerate these projects. The BLE can hopefully drive more investments [to] boost the province’s economy,” Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Thursday the BLE launch event in Batam, Riau Islands. Read also: High logistics, power costs keep firms from investing in Batam The BLE is a pilot project for the National Logistics Ecosystem (NLE), which was initiated in response to Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 5/2020 on nationwide logistics and distribution, issued last June. The 24-hour digital system is expected to increase trans...