Suara.com – The current state of the national economy is experiencing widespread pressure. As a gateway in an archipelago country, ports have a very important role. For this, actors in the port sector are expected to be able to help restore the national economy.
This was expressed by the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi at the National Working Meeting (Rakernas) and National Webinar with the theme of the Role of Ports as Catalysts for Economic Recovery After the Covid 19 Pandemic which is also the 6th Anniversary of the Indonesian Port Business Entity Association (ABUPI), Saturday (20 / 2).
“Ports are driving the national economy, because they are the nodes of the sea transportation network and as a gateway to trade. We hope that ABUPI will help the government in the maritime sector by improving its facilities and services so as to create highly competitive services and ultimately improve the national economy,” said Budi.
He admitted, in 2020 amidst the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic, the port’s performance will be quite sharply affected. However, the government continues to strive to ensure that port activities are not disrupted to support economic movement.
Therefore, he invited all relevant stakeholders in the maritime sector to remain optimistic by collaborating to accelerate the recovery of the national economy.
Budi also invited related parties and port stakeholders to rise together to pursue the dream of having a competitive port. This reminds us that 66% of Indonesia’s territory is sea. Therefore, the port plays an important role in growing the national economy.
“Even though we are currently still facing the COVID-19 Pandemic, we must remain optimistic and there must be a collaboration of various interests to create an effective and transparent port service to accelerate the national economy. Therefore, the presence of an association like ABUPI is quite important to provide views and input to the government, “he said.
On the other hand, continued Budi, emphasized that all parties must guarantee a safe and efficient port, but ABUPI members are also expected to continue to improve their competence in increasing their contribution to the national economy.
Meanwhile, ABUPI Chairman, Aulia Febrial Fatwa, in his remarks expressed his concern about the Covid-19 pandemic conditions which have a serious impact on port performance in Indonesia. Entering a period of economic recovery in 2021 is very difficult and very difficult. Therefore, more effort is needed.
“Efforts to recover the economy will go through a long process in restoring people’s lives, the role of ports is very important and there is a need for synergy between stakeholders, Ports, Shipping, Logistics, and the Government to ensure port operations are not disrupted, so that trade flows can continue to run smoothly and can still serve during the Covid 19 pandemic considering that most goods are transported by sea, “he said.
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