JAKARTA - Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono attended a bilateral meeting with Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and Environment Amy Khor at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center.

This meeting discussed beach safety and flood management conducted by Singapore and Indonesia.

Basuki said that all coastlines in Indonesia are priorities that must be secured.

"Indonesia has the second longest coastline in the world. Everything is a priority, especially on the North Coast of Java which stretches from Jakarta to Surabaya. Every year it decreases by 10-12 cm," Basuki said in a written statement, Wednesday, May 22.

To improve the coastal security infrastructure, it is necessary to share knowledge between Indonesia and Singapore.

"We need to discuss further efforts to improve infrastructure. Indonesia will show what it has, as well as Singapore. I hope, we can build collaboration," he said.

Minister Amy said Singapore is currently in the stage of studying beach safety.

As for flood management, Singapore has built 15 underground pools measuring the Olympics that are used to accommodate rainwater.

"We divided the coastline into several parts and saw their respective characteristics. We believe Indonesia is more expert in this and we can learn from each other. We are interested in collaborating in beach safety and flood management," he said.

He admitted that he was inspired to hold the Singapore Water Week, such as the 10th World Water Forum in Bali.

"This forum is very well organized and everything is beautiful. Thank you for the hospitality," he added.

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