When Joko “Jokowi” Widodo became Indonesia’s current president, he put the country’s maritime sector back into the government’s focus. As the world’s largest archipelagic country situated in a valuable strategic position in the global sea trade, Indonesia holds all the potential to make Jokowi’s Vision a reality: making the country into a global Maritime Axis.
Just yesterday, the President took one more step towards making this maritime vision come true when inaugurating West Papua’s Wasior Port in Wondamba Bay. Wasior Port is one piece of the government’s sea toll road transportation program started in 2015. It is set out to connect Tanjung Perak in Surabaya and Tanjung Priok in Jakarta with other eastern province’s major ports in Indonesia to enhance inter-island connectivity and upgrade port infrastructure.
Last year Indonesia’s government built 27 seaports and four ferry ports. Wasior Port is only one other step taken on Jokowi’s way to turn his vision into reality. For the time to come, further constructions such as 68 ports across Maluku, East Nusa Tenggara, Papua and Sulawesi are on the government’s agenda. With the current progress and an estimated economic potential of $329.2 billion each year according to the Maritime Affairs and Fishery Ministry, Indonesia’s maritime sector is on a good way to become more and more attractive for future investments and profitable for the respective industries.