Secretary General of Indonesia Logistics and Forwarders Association (ILFA), Akbar Djohan said the association is ready to take an active role in international logistics to welcome the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.
GUANGXI (infolog): This was said when he signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the ASEAN Federation of Forwarders Associations (AFFA) with China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) under the authority of GuangXi Provincial Government of China, April 27, 2018.
This Memorandum of Understanding is an effort to realize the connectivity of ASEAN and Asia-Europe within the framework of OBOR. OBOR is China’s major project to connect the land-based logistics and trade routes from China to Europe and Asia including ASEAN.
And ILFA on the occasion of signing the Memorandum of Understanding is the representative of ASEAN (AFFA).
“ILFA is ready to make Indonesia the front in anticipating the development of international logistics. At this forum (signer of the Memorandum of Understanding) ILFA takes part in OBOR, not a spectator, “Akbar said in a written statement received in Jakarta on Thursday (03/05/2018) as quoted by Beritasatu.com as saying.
He also said connectivity within the OBOR framework is not just infrastructure development. But it needs to be coupled with the ability of e-connectivity and adequate human resource capacity.
“Of course also the initiative of inter-state connectivity in this case OBOR, aimed at reducing the cost of logistics more efficiently,” he added.
While the AFFA Executive Director who was present at the event in GuangXi, Iman Gandi said the same thing. ASEAN, especially Indonesia, should actively contribute to the OBOR initiative.
“The OBOR initiative will promote economic growth in each of the countries involved. Therefore we must be a player, “said Iman.
The AFFA Chairman who was contacted in a separate place, Yukki Nugrahawan Hanafi said it would immediately follow up the Memorandum of Understanding.
“Not only stop at Memorandum of Understanding, but soon realized in the form of concrete cooperation,” said Yukki.
Besides ILFA, as the AFFA representative when signing the Memorandum of Understanding with CCPIT is also present Singapore Logistics Association (SLA), Malaysia Logistics Federation (FMFF), and Singapore Business Federation (SBF).
Currently the authority of the GuangXi Provincial Government of China within the framework of OBOR is building among others ports, railways connecting China with Europe, and alternate routes of China-Europe using trucks. (ac)