Indonesian lawmakers visited Poland to learn about new technology transportation management modes as the part of country's effort to improve local transportation systems. (Reuters Photo/Peter Andrews)
Lawmakers Visit Poland to Study Technology, Transportation Systems
BY :SARAH YUNIARNI
AUGUST 26, 2017
Jakarta. Indonesian lawmakers visited Poland to learn about new technology transportation management modes as the part of country's effort to improve local transportation systems.
During the working visit on Aug. 23-25, members of the House of Representative's Commission V, which oversees transport, telecommunications, public works and public housing, met with representatives from Ursus, a fossil- and electric-fueled bus manufacturing company.
The lawmakers also met with Poland's economic maritime deputy minister, Gdansk port authority officers and members of the board of directors of Remontova, Poland's largest shipbuilder.The government hopes its delegation will discover and build new partnerships with Polish technology companies to increase investment in the Southeast Asian country.
Ursus, one of Poland's oldest agriculture companies, expressed interest in investing and transferring technology to Indonesia to provide electric or hybrid buses that can be used in urban centers across the archipelago at lower carbon footprints.
Peter F. Gontha, Indonesia's ambassador to Poland, said the eastern European country's potential to aid Indonesia's budding transportation sector has not met its full potential, though the quality and price of its goods are considered more advantageous to those in other developed nations.
Michael Wattimena and Lazarus, both deputy co-chairs of Commission V, said now is the right time to establish partnerships with Poland as the country is growing rapidly economically and technologically.
The House members believe that Poland's strategic position, located at the heart of Europe, will contribute to the growth and development of Indonesia as a center for maritime connectivity between Southeast Asia and Europe.
To strengthen ties between both countries, the Indonesian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, expects a partnership between national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and LOT Polish Airlines that would see more commercial flights and increased tourism to and from the archipelago.
The delegation also visited the port city of Gdańsk, located around 600 kilometers from Warsaw, where they reviewed the construction of a modern port with detailed planning that could resolve the typical 12-hour dwelling time.
While at Gdańsk, the lawmakers also visited the Remontowa dockyard to search for alternative methods of building ferries and roll-on-roll-off ships, which carry cargo such as cars, trucks and railroad carts, in a bid to support the government's program to strengthen inter-island connectivity.
The agricultural, industrial and mining sectors are the largest contributors to Poland's gross domestic product (GDP). Poland is home to steel mills, capital goods industry, heavy equipment, health equipment, transportation, shipbuilding and weapons manufacturers, with a rapidly progressing technology sector.
Other major Polish exports include machinery and transportation equipments, semi-finished goods, various food products and animal feed.