MANILA, Philippines — Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday morning arrived in Davao City to foresee the opening of a new sea route connecting the southern Philippines and East Indonesia.
Widodo took an early flight on Indonesia’s presidential plane, Republik Indonesia, and arrived in Davao City around 9:20 a.m. He was accompanied by wife, Iriana Joko Widodo.
President Rodrigo Duterte and his common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña greeted the Indonesian leader during the arrival.
The two ASEAN leaders will lead the launching of a new sea route connecting Davao City, General Santos City and the port city of Bitung in East Indonesia for roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessels.
The M/V Super Shuttle Roro 12 is operated by the Asian Marine Transport Corporation.
It is expected to provide a faster and cheaper route for trading goods among the East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA)’s key cities.
Goods for export to Indonesia include animal feeds, fertilizer, construction materials, ice cream products, poultry, fresh fruits and synthetics while among those for import are matured coconut, copra, corn, feed ingredients, lumber, cement, high value crops and vegetables.
Widodo, who arrived in the country last Friday, will stay for an hour for the formal sendoff ceremonies at the Kudos Port. He is schedule to fly to Hong Kong after.