Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The governments of Indonesia and Denmark will improve cooperation in the fields of maritime and energy.
"We will improve our current cooperation with Denmark," Deputy of Maritime Sovereignty of Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs of Indonesia Arif Havas Oegroseno said on Tuesday.
The cooperation includes designing ship routes and mapping wind flows throughout Indonesian regions for establishing wind power plants.
Oegroseno stated that it is important to build ship routes properly in order to support Indonesia's sea toll.
The ship routes will lead to a dynamic development of economy in Indonesian territories, due to the smooth flow of goods.
The ships will ease the distribution of goods from one region to another and cut a lot of transportation cost.
Meanwhile, Denmark has established several trial projects to build 15-megawatt wind power plants, including in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province, since two years ago.
The power plant has been operating, and the Indonesian government will look forward to the maintenance and new technology of wind mill.
Besides, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Pandjaitan, and Danish Prime Minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the Danish governments contribution to the Oceans, Marine Debris and Coastal Resources Multi-Donor Trust Fund (OMC-MDTF), worth US$11.8 billion, for supporting Indonesian Ocean Agenda on Tuesday.
"The signing of the MoU witnessed today shows a strong relationship and cooperation between Denmark and Indonesia and the World Bank in addressing marine issues," Pandjaitan stated.
The signing was done by Danish Ambassador to Indonesia, Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen, and World Bank Country Director, Rodrigo Chaves, at Jakarta Maritime Museum.
"This contribution is in line with Denmarks ongoing support on waste management and the circular economy in Indonesia," Pandjaitan noted.
Rasmussen stated that the initiative was meant to reduce waste in the sea and improve marine governance in Indonesia.
"We are proud to be the first country to provide support to OMC-MDTF," he pointed out.
He stated that most of the wastes, comprised of solid wastes from fast-growing coastal cities, are dumped into the ocean without concern for the environment. It has become a challenge that needs to be addressed in the future for solid waste management.
"Denmark has worked closely with Indonesia to improve urban waste management, including converting waste to energy, and will continue to do so in the future," he asserted.
Source: ANTARA News