Chairman of Indonesian Logistics and Forwarders’ Association (ALFI) Yukki Nugrahawan Hanafi emphasizes that port costs in Indonesia must be more efficient in accordance with the commodities handled. The port must also be a more effective gateway to the economy and add value to the competitiveness of goods delivered via the port.
“Many have suggested for a cheaper port costs, but I prefer to say that port costs must be more efficient according to their commodities. Because, in the future, goods owners will continue to demand more efficient costs and better port services,” Yukki told Webinar the National Webinar entitled ‘The Role of Ports as Catalysts for Economic Recovery After the Covid-19 Pandemic’, virtually held on Saturday (20/2/2021).
The webinar coincided with the Annual Meeting of Indonesian Port Operators’ Association (ABUPI) and opened virtually by the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi was also a series of activities for ABUPI’s 6th Anniversary.
The speakers for the Webinar include Chairman of ABUPI Febri Aulia Fatwa, Chairwoman of Indonesia National Shippowners’ Association (INSA) Carmelita Hartoto, Deputy of Indonesia Shipping Agencies’ Association (ISAA) Reinhard LB Tobing, Sahat Simatupang from of Indonesia Stevedoring Companies’ Association (APBMI), and Pasoroan Herman Harianja (INAMPA).
On that occasion, Yukki also reminded that the development of ports in Indonesia should be in line with the concept of green ports. “We have to go with the green port, not just an urban logistic centre at the port for a better situation and condition,” he said.
Yukki, who serves as Chairman of the Asean Federation of Forwarders Association (AFFA), also reminded that the key word for growth from a logistics perspective can be seen if the growth is evenly distributed throughout the Indonesian territory.
Because, he added, growth or gross domestic product (GDP) is based on two aspects, namely investment and consumption.
“We often experience the effects of the turmoil of the global crisis. For example, in 2018, the global economic crisis was due to trade and energy, which was evident from the pressure of supply and demand,” he said.
Then in 2019, Indonesia also experienced the impact of the global crisis due to the trade war between America and China. Whereas in 2020 the global crisis occurred as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic which originated in the health crisis and ultimately suppressed the world economy.
“This situation and condition have shocked and depressed our economic condition. This is because the world has no experience dealing with the global crisis caused by the health problems that caused the pandemic, so we must provide creativity for all of us so that we can survive in the future, “he explained.
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The current pandemic condition, said Yukki, also forces all of us to do something new or something that is being accelerated, including in terms of digitization and big data.
“So, facing this pandemic, I want to say, it is not only ‘welcome to the new normal, but also welcome to the new opportunity,” he argued.
On that occasion, Yukki also invited all parties to eliminate sectoral egos in order to realize the National Logistics Ecosystem (NLE) as a common big platform in streamlining national logistics.
“Because it feels like sectoral egos are not only in the government but also with us as business actors, therefore we must collaborate,” he said.
Yukki also reminded again that in 2025, Indonesia will enter into Asean Connectivity, and therefore it is necessary to prepare everything. “We still have time to prepare everything towards Asean Connectivity 2025,” he said.