WB Chief Pledges Support For Maritime Highway Projects
World Bank (WB) president Jim Yong Kim promised Thursday to provide financing options for the maritime highway program, one of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s economic development priorities.
“President Jokowi has a vision for building a maritime economy that will tackle all the logistical barriers in a way that can actually increase GDP [gross domestic product] growth by 2 percent a year. That’s a very powerful and inspiring vision,” Kim said during his visit to the country’s main port, Tanjung Priok, in North Jakarta.
“And we at the World Bank group are going do everything we can to support Pak Lino and others in making President Jokowi’s vision a reality,” he added. Kim was accompanied by state-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Pelindo II) president director RJ Lino during his trip.
Kim, who is in Indonesia for four days, paid a visit to the Sunda Kelapa Port and went on a cruise tour to Tanjung Priok Port as well as the Kalibaru Port, which is under construction.