Kadin Urges Govt To Develop Digitalization In Maritime Industries

Jakarta - Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Arsjad Rasjid opined that Indonesia needs to develop digitalization in maritime industries in a bid to revive the country's economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have been facing this pandemic for almost two years. For that reason, I see the need to develop digitalization in the maritime industries," he said at the Virtual Maritime Expo Indonesia (VEMI) held by the Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) that ANTARA joined from here on Sunday.

The ongoing urbanization in various regions in indonesia,  especially in cities outside Java, had prompted an increase in the demands for logistics, Rasjid said.

The Kadin chairman opined that this urbanization growth requires additional logistics and infrastructure to connect islands and support the growing trend of e-commerce.

However, the slow logistics processes in Indonesia have caused high logistics costs, he added.

"Indonesia should improve the transition from land transportation to sea transportation processes in Java and Sumatra where shipping delays and the high costs mostly cause the lack of short sea shipping," he remarked.

Rasjid affirmed that Kadin has prepared five strategies to support the shipping and maritime logistics industries in Indonesia.

The first strategy is forming a partnership between public and private players to create a digital multimodal logistics platform in a bid to create transparency in the system.

The second strategy is integrating data from all related stakeholders in public and private sectors to create a holistic view of all matters related to logistics while the third one is related to efforts to encourage the development of digital logistics technology, for instance, through mentoring programs and improvement of access to funding.

The fourth strategy is recommending necessary changes in regulations to facilitate information sharing between the public and private sectors, and the final one is developing information and telecommunication networks for sea transportation to support digitization.

"It is hoped that Kadin and INSA, through these five strategies, can jointly support efforts to achieve the vision of Indonesia Emas 2045 (Golden Indonesia 2045)," he said.

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