Group says Indonesian port infrastructure still needs much improvement

In signs that Indonesia’s much vaunted infrastructure development programme still has a long way to go, local media cited a business group as saying that, among other things, the world’s top palm oil producer, still needs to improve its port infrastructure to increase its competitiveness in the palm oil industry.

The Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki) said adequate infrastructure remains a stumbling block. “Infrastructure problems, including industrial cluster ports, have been one of our main concerns regarding our palm oil competitiveness,” Gapki chairman Joko Supriyono was quoted as saying.”

For instance, our public ports, especially in Medan and Dumai, North Sumatra, are currently still inadequate to support the smooth running of export activities, including during loading. The situation has forced many companies to build their own ports,” the Industry Ministry’s director general for agro-based industry, Panggah Susanto said.

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