This was revealed by Indonesian Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, during a meeting with Singapore’s Minister of Transport, S. Iswaran, on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
The meeting aimed to discuss the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries, especially in the transportation sector.
Budi Karya stated that increasing air connectivity from Singapore to Indonesia is one of the opportunities for cooperation being explored by both countries in the future.
The increased connectivity will be directed from Singapore to several Indonesian tourist destinations. “This is in line with the agreement on air relations between the two countries and also the Asean Open Sky agreement,” he said, as quoted in an official statement on Thursday, March 17, 2023.
In addition, Indonesia and Singapore are also exploring collaboration in port state control (PSC) and flag state inspection (FSI) activities to strengthen safety and security in maritime transportation.
During the meeting, the two countries also discussed efforts to strengthen the cooperation that has been carried out so far. Indonesia and Singapore will follow up on air space or FIR cooperation and cooperation in developing human resources in the maritime field through various training programs.
Budi Karya hopes that this meeting will further strengthen the mutually beneficial bilateral relationship between the two countries. On the same day, Budi Karya accompanied Indonesian President Joko Widodo to attend the Indonesia-Singapore Leaders Retreat meeting held at the Fullerton Hotel, Singapore. The Indonesian delegation also included Secretary General Novie Riyanto and Director General of Air Transportation Maria Kristi Endah.
In addition, President Joko Widodo also arrived at the Presidential Palace in Singapore, where he was welcomed by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Joko Widodo and his entourage arrived at Changi International Airport, Singapore on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 9:20 a.m. local time (WS) or 8:20 a.m. WIB.
They then proceeded to the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore to meet with the ministers to discuss the Leaders’ Retreat meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.