Aceh-Andaman Connection Key to Boosting Indonesia-India Trade

Aceh-Andaman Connection Key to Boosting Indonesia-India Trade | Andaman Sea

Indonesia and India plan to improve connectivity between Indonesia’s province of Aceh and India’s islands of Andaman and Nicobar to unlock business potential in an effort to increase bilateral trade to US$50 billion by 2025.

“The proximity of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to Aceh is a good opportunity for business partnerships. We can provide goods [to Andaman and Nicobar] more efficiently than for them to wait for a shipment from India,” said Aceh acting governor Nova Iriansyah during the India-Indonesia Investment & Business Forum in Jakarta on Monday as cited by The Jakarta Post. 

Image: Antara Foto
India-Indonesia Investment & Business Forum. Image: Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs


According to Economic Times, India and Indonesia eyeing to reach target of $ 50 bn trade by 2025 are contemplating new areas of investments including through Aceh-Andaman connectivity which would unlock immense business opportunities in a range of sectors, including health care, tourism, energy, construction, agro processing and fisheries. 

The Forum was jointly inaugurated by Ina H Krisnamurthi, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Economic Diplomacy and Pradeep Kumar Rawat, Ambassador of India and lr Nova Iriansyah, Acting Governor of Aceh. 

India and Indonesia are both maritime countries. The two neighbours have the largest economies in both respective regions. As per 2018, trade values of the two countries reached $ 18 bn, as reported by Indonesian media Antara.


Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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