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    Patimban Port Development Permit Need to be Accelerated

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    JAKARTA-The Coordinating Minister for maritime, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan pushes to accelerates permit and development administration of the Patimban Port, the problems related to permits, EIA, also Spacial Plan.

    Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said, it must be resolved, considering the borrowing money from Japan to build Patimban already agreed.

    As a point of cooperation between Indonesia - Japan, in addition to funding amounted to 1.7 billion US dollars for the construction, Japan also requested Government to co-manage the Patimban Port if finished built.

    Therefore, he invited the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, Head of Bappenas Bambang Brodjonegoro, Vice Governor of West Java Deddy Mizwar, and executing the task (Plt) Subang Regent Imas Aryumningsih, to implement Meeting Coordination related Patimban Port Development, held in Meeting Room Menko Bid. Maritime Lt. 2, Gd. CMEA Bid. Maritime RI, Jl. MH. Thmarin No. 8 Jkt, Friday (11/11/2016).

    "In this meeting, we need this Patimban relating to EIA and Spacial Plan need to be resolved in order to complete. Later this process is in Subang regency, West Java province, "said Coordinating Minister for Maritime Luhut Binsar Panjaitan.

    "Those steps of acceleration that we ask a coordination from West Java Governors in the process of spacial plan revision, "he added.

    Also according to Luhut, there was no significant obstacles related to development of Patimban port. Development funds are planned to be disbursed April 2017, can be directly used. Luhut added, the loan system given by Japan to Indonesia taking step loan system, which means money disbursed in stages. Later, these loans have interest 0.01 percent.

    Meanwhile, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi emphasizes three important points related to acceleration of Patimban Port development. First, all ministries and relevant agencies need to accelerate all shape design and administrative requirements related.

    Second, the government continues to negotiate with Japan related borrowing funds for construction. Third, the planning should quickly in order to simultaneous. So that when the document is finished, groundbreaking could soon do.

    "I coordinate with the Ambassador of Japan some time ago, to Patimban I report indeed there are now the EIA process and the process of spacial plan ongoing. According to our experience EIA and spacial plan could take up to a year, "he said.

    Budi also ensures, though investors which will join the project of Patimban is Japan. But in later operations and additional development, the government asked the private sector to get involved to make it more profitable.

    "We hope that the private sector is there, it is one of the keys," he said.

    Meanwhile, Head of Bappenas Bambang Brodjonegoro refer to projects funded Japanese loan worth 1.7 billion US dollars it has entered the list of the medium-term foreign loans plan (Bluebook).

    "From Bappenas the point is we already include this in 'Bluebook', so later using a loan scheme from JICA, "he said.

    Vice Governor of West Java Deddy Mizwar said the Patimban Port development plan which is coming to Subang spacial plan regulation, has to wait for the West Java province spatial plan revision. According to him it is a lengthy process.

    Therefore Deddy wants revision of the Spacial Plan for national projects, in order to can be done piecemeal without having to change the regulations. Because when changing the regulations, there will be many other interests are impaired.

    "I have a suggestion on earlier talks that why not bring one president regulation which giving authorizes to the Governor, Regents, Mayors, to revise partially for national projects. Because if it came from under, we will change again regulation with a lot of interest. Very much interests. But if there is a president regulation as the legal umbrella with umpteen many national-scale projects in West Java, how to authorize Governors, Regents, Mayors held a partial revision of the Spacial Plan. Because if sorted one by one from different regencies / cities is very long time, "said Deddy.

    Patimban port itself will be one of the hubs which large enough. According to the plan, the port will be a central port especially for industry. Meanwhile, the first phase construction is expected to finish on 2019.

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