The port, which will be completed in two years, aims to become the center for the growth of the fish processing industry and the hub of cargo in eastern Indonesia.
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Indonesia to Build New 700-Hectare Seaport in Ambon This Year, Says Jokowi
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo said that the government will develop a new seaport in the Ambon city in Maluku province.
“This morning, I purposely came to Ambon for this particular reason. We will build Ambon New Port covering an area of about 700 hectares,” said the President who is popularly known as Jokowi in a televised address in Ambon city on Thursday, March 25.
“The logistics port, fishing port, and fishing industry will be integrated into one area,” he said.
The development of the new port aims to become the center for the growth of the fish processing industry and the hub of cargo in eastern Indonesia.
Jokowi further added that the development of the new port was urgently needed considering the existing special fisheries port has reached its maximum capacity.
“This construction of (Ambon New Port) will begin this year and we hope it will be completed in two years,” said Jokowi.
“I call for the fisheries industry players to immediately register and come into the location so that we have confidence that the plan is feasible,” he said.
The head of state also reminded the big potential of the fisheries industry in Maluku province. However, he said, so far there is still room for improvement.