Indonesia to Improve Its Shipping Industry With New Multi-Million Blockchain Project

Singapore-based blockchain firm PLMP Fintech will participate in a multi-million logistics project in partnership with the government of Indonesia, according to a press release on May 29.

The new initiative is made in partnership with the Ministry of Trade of Indonesia and intends to transform the country’s shipping industry starting from the Riau Province, which is located on one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

The project is a result of a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between PLMP Fintech and major industry-related entities in the Indonesian city of Batam, the largest city in the Riau Islands. The MoU was signed by Indonesian firm Central Distribusi Batam and the Agency for Free Trade Zone and the Free Port of Batam, the press release notes.

The pilot stage will reportedly include the deployment of PLMP Fintech's own blockchain protocol Creatanium in order to unify the standards of communications between buyers and sellers of agricultural commodities.

The blockchain project intends to provide a higher level of time and cost efficiencies by enabling instant updates on the exact location of moving goods, PLMP Fintech's co-founder Kym Kee said in the press release.

Yesterday, two global shipping firms, Mediterranean Shipping Co and CMA CGM, announced their entrance to the blockchain shipping platform TradeLens, developed by the world’s largest logistics company Maersk and tech giant IBM.

Earlier this year, Indonesian lawmakers introduced new legislation that recognized cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin (BTC) as a trading commodity.