Indonesia-Japan Increases Infrastructure Cooperation

JAKARTA -Minister of Public Works and People’s Housing Basuki Hadimuljono delivered a number of opportunities and cooperation plans in a number of Indonesia’s infrastructure development projects with Japan.

he said while attending the 60th Anniversary Symposium on Diplomatic Relations Indonesia-Japan in Tokyo, Friday (20/4/2018).

A number of cooperation opportunities are toll roads, regional drinking water system (SPAM) Regional Mamminasata (Makasar, Maros, Sungguminasa and Takalar), Rural Settlement Infrastructure Development (RSID), Jakarta-Sewerage Development Project – Zone 1 and Zone 6 and disaster infrastructure of Mount Sinabung , Semeru, Kelud, Lokon, and Gamalama.

The cooperation in the toll road sector is the construction of Padang-Pekanbaru Toll Road Section II Sicincin-Payakumbuh along 78 km which is expected to be financed by soft loans with low interest and long tenor of the Government of Japan.

In the segment there are five tunnel construction with total length of 8.9 km which penetrate Bukit Barisan.

“Japan is experienced in the construction of long tunnels so it is expected that there is transfer of knowledge and technology,” said Basuki through press release on Saturday (21/4/2018).

In addition, Japan’s involvement is also expected to increase the feasibility of investing access toll roads of Port of Patimban in Subang Regency, West Java. The investment cost of 40 km toll road is estimated to reach Rp 5.35 trillion. Patimban Port is needed to reduce the burden of Tanjung Priok Port.

A day earlier, Minister Basuki had a meeting with Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Special Advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Hiroto Izumi and Director of JBIC (Japan Bank for International Cooperation) Tadashi Maeda.

During the visit, a group from the PUPR Ministry was invited to visit the showroom of Toshio Gypsum Co. Lt and received by President Director Eisaku Sudo. The company has built its factory in Indonesia in Deltamas Karawang which will be inaugurated in April 2018. This gypsum product is a lightweight and soundproof wall material, processed from recycled building materials.

After the symposium, a meeting with the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan Keiiichi Ishii.

The meeting discussed the groundbreaking plan for Port and Toll Road for Port of Patimban Access which will be done in May 2018.

Basuki also expressed his desire to cooperate in the rehabilitation of dams and bridges as well as training on security, safety, health and environment in construction works.

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