Senior delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia visited Jawarharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s premier container port to explore potential co-operation opportunities in the maritime sector, between both countries. This visit is part of their annual study programme with the theme, ‘Connecting the connectivities in Indo-Pacific: Indian Ocean and Rim chapter’. Both Indonesia and India are maritime neighbours and sea faring nations who share synergies in the evolving maritime environment in the region and world at large. A collaborative effort from both nations will not only strengthen their maritime business but also stability and robust economic growth to the Indo-Pacific region.
Speaking about this visit, Shri Sanjay, Sethi, Chairman, JNPT said, “India is a significant contributor to the global container cargo business and JNPT has been the driving force behind this growth, accounting for around 55% of the total containerised cargo volume, across the major ports of India. Both Indonesia and India share a similar ideology towards business and culture at large, so we are more than willing to extend our full support in building stronger maritime partnership between both countries. We already have excellent trade relations and at present JNPT handle about 35% of their total cargo imports into India. But with the overall expansion and upgradation of our Port capacity, we will be able to handle larger vessels and more consignments from our ally nation.Both countries represent a combined maritime region which is important for global maritime trade and commerce”.
As part of the visit itinerary, the delegation first had a brief introduction about JNPT’s overall operations, infrastructure developments, especially new initiatives implemented to promote Ease of Doing Business and aboutadoption of technology to improve the efficiency and quality of business at the Port, which is providing overall benefit to the EXIM community. This was followed by a visit to the Port to see the scale of operations there. They then visited the SEZ project site and later interacted with the team at SEZ to understand the recent developments, scope for investment and the strategic role this project plays in enhancing the Port led industrialization at JNPT and for the maritime sector as a whole.
The visit helped the delegates gain a broad overview on the Port and its significance in the global market. The discussion on the current trade engagement between Indonesia and India gave them a perspective on the plausible growth opportunities in business, which can be leveraged through the maritime sector.
Source: Press Release
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