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QUESTION NO.1774 INDONESIA OPENING SEA PORT FOR INDIA

August 02, 2018

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1774
TO BE ANSWERED ON 02.08.2018

INDONESIA OPENING SEA PORT FOR INDIA

1774. SHRI RIPUN BORA:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether it is a fact that Indonesia proposes to open the sea port for India;

(b) if so, whether India proposes to set up deep sea port in the marine-line of Andaman sea;

(c) whether India also proposes to set up economic zone with its counterpart; and

(d) if so, the proposal of the counterpart in building bi-lateral relations with our country?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]

(a) to (d) During the visit of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Indonesia on 29-30 May 2018, the two sides agreed to upgrade bilateral relationship from strategic partnership, which was established in 2005, to a New Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. The two sides agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in economic, investment and infrastructure field. The Joint Statement issued during the visit inter alia stated that the two sides "appreciate the decision to set up a Joint Task Force to undertake projects for port related infrastructure in and around Sabang” and "welcome the plan to build connectivity between Andaman Nicobar – Aceh to unleash the economic potentials of both areas.”

In addition, during the visit, the two sides have issued "Shared Vision of India-Indonesia Maritime Cooperation in the Indo–Pacific” which called for two sides "to take necessary steps to enhance connectivity (institutional , physical, digital and people – to people) between Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India and Provinces in Sumatera Islands of Indonesia to promote trade, tourism and people to people contacts; facilitate B to B linkages between the Chamber of Commerce of Andaman and the ones of the Provinces in Sumatera, including Aceh.”

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