Dutch Supports Indonesias Vision as Global Maritime Fulcrum
Date 22 April 2016
After holding a meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, President Joko Widodo headed to the Port of Rotterdam. At the Port of Rotterdam, President Jokowi was greeted by the Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb, the CEO of Port of Rotterdam Allard Calestein, at around 10 a.m. local time (22/4).
After posing for a group photo in the harbour, President Jokowi and his entourage boarded James Cook Ship and sailing around Maasvlakte II area. This area is a new reclamation harbour. President Jokowi and his entourage sailed from Maasvlakte II Harbour to the Hoek van Holland Harbour.
Aboard the ship, President Jokowi received explanation on ports management, including cargo terminal and oil processing as well as Maeslantkering. Maeslantkering is a flood retaining technology like a giant sluice that automatically closed when storm happened at sea. Thus, the sluice could retain the flood.
Meanwhile, Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and Environment, Melanie Schulz, said that the Government was very glad and proud to show how Dutch manage the oceans. “It is an honour for Dutch Government to show you how to manage the ocean without damaging the environment,” said Minister Schulz.
Minister Schulz also expressed her support for Indonesias vision as the global maritime fulcrum. Minister Schulz shared the same vision with President Jokowi that, “The sea, the bay, and the ocean is our future “.
On that occasion, President Jokowi was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Minister of Trade Thomas Lembong, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Agung, and Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja. (TKP/RAH/EN)(MA/YM/Naster).