By: Jay Chou and S.C. Chang
Jakarta, March 10 (CNA) Indonesian officials said Thursday Taiwan’s
shipbuilding and container vessel management strengths can contribute to their country’s ambition to become a great merchant marine power.
Edy Putra Irawady, deputy minister of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of Indonesia, said Indonesia needs a great number of ships to promote cross-sea trade and linkages among its thousands of islands and to beef up its competitiveness in logistics.
In response to CNA questions regarding Taiwanese President-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) proposal to expand the presence of Kaohsiung’s shipbuilding industry in the Southeast Asian market, Edy said Indonesia must cooperate with Taiwan in this area.
Kaohsiung’s shipping industry can consider not only investing in Indonesia to build boats and vessels, but also the two countries can work together in container-ship building and the maintenance of Indonesian ships, Edy added. [FULL STORY]