The Ministry of Transportation's Research and Development Agency (Balitbang) is preparing a number of steps to improve the competitiveness of national logistics, which is still lagging behind neighboring countries.
It was noted that Indonesia's logistical competitiveness index was still below Singapore (4.0), Thailand (3.41), Vietnam (3.27) and Malaysia (3.22). This competitiveness index is measured by the efficiency of the on-the-ground trade supply chain or logistics performance.
The Head of Balitbang of the Ministry of Transportation, Umiyatun Hayati Triastuti, said that a strategy for sea transportation is needed that ensures the distribution of logistics to all regions of the country.
"The food supply chain is the backbone of international trade and business," he said in an official statement quoted by detik.com, Sunday (21/2/2021).
One of the ways to overcome this problem, said Hayati, is the sea highway. This program can sustain logistical performance in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"With this pandemic, special handling is needed in the form of appropriate regulations and policy making," Biodiversity said.
Assistant Deputy for Monetary and External Sector of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Ferry Irawan, said that the sea highway program is a very efficient program as a means of distributing food to all regions in Indonesia. This logistics system is included in the scope of the National Logistics System (Sislognas) policy in the future.
"The sea highway is very effective because it routinely and scheduled reaches and distributes logistics to underdeveloped, remote, outermost and border areas (3TP)," he said.
Based on the explanation by the Director of Traffic and Sea Transportation, Antoni Arif Priadi, the main policy direction for sea transportation for 2020-2024 is to realize domestic maritime logistics, improve connectivity to international shipping networks, develop international hub ports and sea highway supporting ports, fulfill the need for facilities. and safety infrastructure, increasing compliance with international standards / regulations, increasing integration between modes and between regions, improving information technology, utilizing alternative financing, improving the quality of safety and public services at ports, and revitalizing the Directorate General of Sea Transportation institutions.
Source : Detik Finance