Mayor of Rotterdam and Acting Governor of Jakarta Agreed to Continue Sister City Cooperation

Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, and Acting Governor of  Jakarta Governor, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, signed a Minutes of Agreement (MoA) to continue the implementation of sister city cooperation for the period of 2017-2019, in Jakarta, on 12 June 2017. The MoA contains, among others, mutual commitment to continue and strengthen cooperation in sustainable urban development and water management, including river management and port development.

Under the sister city cooperation, Jakarta and Rotterdam have so far conducted capacity building programs in integrated water management and knowledge exchange related to National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD), such as through the Dutch Training and Exposure Program (DUTEP) program.

Prior to the signing, Acting Governor and the Mayor of Rotterdam a hold bilateral meeting to discuss various fields of cooperation in water management, urban planning and smart city. Both reaffirmed the commitment to follow-up on the existing cooperation to benefit the people in both cities. 

Both Acting Governor and the Mayor of Rotterdam shared their belief that the cooperation is crucial to help big cities like Jakarta and Rotterdam to overcome the common problems, such as increasing sea level, pollution, land subsidence and other climate change related issues.

Mayor Aboutaleb is in Jakarta for a four-day working visit, started on 11 June to 14 June  2017. In this visit, Mayor of Rotterdam also met with the Indonesian Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, to discuss the ongoing cooperation of the development of Kuala Tanjung Tanjung port as an integrated port and industrial area. 

During his visit, Mayor Aboutaleb also attended a roundtable discussion on Jakarta’s Port Development at Jakarta Provincial Government’s office and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert held at Taman Ismail Marzuki, on June 13, 2017. He also visited Kali Jodo Integrated Child Friendly Spaces (RPTRA) and the Jakarta Creative Hub.

This is the fourth visit of Mayor Aboutaleb to Jakarta. His last visit was on August 2015. Sister City's cooperation between DKI and Rotterdam has been on going for more than 30 years, started in 1986.