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Indonesia Discusses Blue Food, CCS Cooperation with Singapore

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, has invited cooperation in the fields of agriculture, blue food, and cross-border carbon capture storage (CCS) from Singapore.

"I talked to Minister Wong (Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Lawrence Wong) regarding many new opportunities for cooperation, such as the realization of cross-border Carbon Capture Storage (CCS)," the minister wrote in a post on his official Instagram handle @luhut.pandjaitan. Pandjaitan said he believes that cross-border CCS would be a significant milestone for Indonesia and Singapore in building low-carbon industries.

CCS is a global warming mitigation technology for reducing CO2 emissions in the atmosphere.He said that such an effort would also be in line with Indonesia's capacity, which is considered the fastest country in developing CCS regulations in the Asia-Pacific.

The minister also invited cooperation in the fields of agriculture and blue food, specifically developing seaweed farming in Indonesia."Minister Wong expressed his interest in the various collaborations we are offering. His party is ready to conduct an early study for the collaboration," he informed.

Pandjaitan met with Wong in Singapore. On the same occasion, he also met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.Wong will replace Loong as Singapore's prime minister in May 2024."I told them that Singapore and Indonesia have succeeded in significantly increasing cooperative relations in various fields, namely bilateral, regional, and multilateral," Pandjaitan said.

He informed that Minister Wong also expressed his interest and seriousness in developing Bali as a wellness tourism destination through the construction of an international standard hospital."We agreed to continue and improve the good cooperation that has been established so far," the minister added.


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