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port de Surabaya, Indonésie
The maritime economy plays a vital role in the development of the world’s largest archipelago. But to fully fulfil their role, Indonesian ports must modernise. France is supporting them through a partnership involving the port of Le Havre and AFD.

In the world’s largest archipelago, with some 17,000 islands, the sea transport sector plays a significant role. Its dynamism is essential to the security and development of the country. Yet, Indonesian ports face many challenges in terms of supply chain efficiency, investment in infrastructure and clarity in the responsibilities of different public actors.

To meet these challenges and improve competitiveness, quality and governance, the Indonesian government has embarked on a programme of reforms, developed with the support of AFD (a loan of 150 million euros), World Bank and KfW.


Training and exchange sessions

In parallel, a partnership between the Greater Port of Le Havre (GPMH), Indonesian Ministry of Transport and AFD aims to respond to governance challenges: it mobilises French expertise through six training courses in Le Havre and Jakarta, and regular exchanges between the different actors.

The 2nd training and exchange session between the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Indonesia and GPMH took place from 24 September to 6 October 2018 in Jakarta, and brought together representatives of 30 Indonesian port authorities from all over the country.

Abdul Rahman, representative of the Tarakan Port (North Kalimantan Province on Borneo Island) attended this last session. "This is very useful in terms of knowledge of port management, he explains, especially to help this business sector become more innovative, efficient and sustainable. It also makes it possible to create and develop the relationship between the Indonesian ports and the port of Le Havre. "

While improving port efficiency is at the heart of these training courses, the example of Le Havre port also points out that economic development and sustainable management of infrastructure often go hand in hand. From waste treatment to the implementation of tools for assessing the environmental performance of ships, the Indonesian authorities are becoming familiar with EcoPorts, an approach for which the French port is internationally recognised.

Since 1997, the EcoPorts label enhances the good practices of European ports. It is also a bet on the exchange of expertise and effective solutions to reconcile performance and preservation of the environment.  Although it is now only allocated to European ports, this model is rich in lessons and could be exported worldwide… The Indonesian actors are in any case already mobilised.