The government is pushing to build more seaports to further facilitate trade between islands. (Antara Photo/Sahlan Kurniawan)

President Joko Widodo to Inaugurate Makassar New Port Next Week

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

MAY 14, 2015

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo will inaugurate the Makassar New Port on May 20, state-owned port operator Pelabuhan Indonesia IV, known as Pelindo IV, president director Mulyono said on Wednesday.

The port, built on a 150-hectare lot, is part of Pelindo IV’s efforts to fulfill the cargo port needs in the South Sulawesi capital and to boost connectivity between various islands in eastern Indonesia.

Makassar New Port will also be integrated with freight railway projects in South Sulawesi, intended to make the distribution of goods easier.

“This project is not only for Makassar. The infrastructure development projects will be done in all regions run by Pelindo IV. It is also a way to support President’s sea toll roads program,” Mulyono told Tempo.co on Wednesday.

State-controlled lender Bank Mandiri will be disbursing Rp 3 trillion ($227 million) in loans to Pelindo IV to support its projects and to help the operator improve its equipment and facilities.

Pelindo IV currently operates 26 ports in eastern Indonesia.

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