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Cablegate: Transportation Minister Discusses Isps, Adam Air

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SINGAPORE FOR TSA- SAHAGIAN
SINGAPORE FOR COAST GUARD- LT CDR PURGANAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAIR ECON ETRD ID
SUBJECT: TRANSPORTATION MINISTER DISCUSSES ISPS, ADAM AIR

REF: A) JAKARTA 1282 B) JAKARTA 1690 C) JAKARTA 2363

1. (U) Summary. On August 27, Ambassador Cameron Hume called on
Jusman Syafi'i Djalil, Minister of Transportation. The Minister
commented on the recently delivered International Ship and Port
Security (ISPS) Code demarche, the need for foreign investors in
rail and port infrastructure, the progress of the Adam Air recovery
operation, and airport security. End Summary.

2. (U) The Minister was well informed about the contents of the ISPS
demarche the Embassy delivered on August 24 to Director General of
Sea Transportation, H. Harijogi (reftel C). He commented on the,"
gap between U.S. standards and Indonesian capacity". Minister Jusman
noted that most major ports visited by the Coast Guard had one large
exempt facility (i.e. a facility implementing ISPS and exempt from a
possible Port Security Advisory) and one large non-exempt facility.
In the short term he expected the majority of trade to shift to
these exempt facilities while the non-exempt facilities started to
improve and implement ISPS. The Minister stated that he considers
the ISPS issue "very serious" and is committed to close cooperation
with the U.S. to increase ISPS implementation and overcome a future
Port Security Advisory.

3. (U) Minister Jusman intends to increase infrastructure and
capacity in the Indonesian Rail and Port sectors. The Minister
hopes to attract increased foreign investment in railway
infrastructure and investment projects with majority foreign
ownership made possible by the new Railway Law (Law 23/2007).
Minister Jusman also encouraged increased foreign ownership of ports
in order to, "break the monopoly" of the state-owned port authority
and the central government. (Note: This is not under Minister
Jusman's purview, however, and the investment law passed in March
and its accompanying negative list for foreign investment limits
foreign ownerships of ports to 49%. End Note.)

4. (U) Minister Jusman strongly believes that recovery of the Adam
Air black boxes is critical since Indonesia, "needs investigation to
guard against the future". The Minister was pleased to announce
that the Adam Air Recovery mission successfully located one of two
voice data recorders (black box/CRV). (Note: The recovery ship
successfully recovered both data recorders on August 28. The
Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) plans to
send both recorders to Washington D.C. next Tuesday (September 4)
for analysis at the NTSB laboratory. End Note.) On aviation
security, the Minister stated that Indonesia plans to use Bali
Denpasar Airport as a benchmark to increase security at other
Indonesian airports. The Minister also asked for a status report on
the cancellation of the 2005 TSA Public Notice on Bali Airport.

Hume

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