Indonesia, Japan to Conduct Joint Study of High-Speed Railway

Indonesia, Japan to Conduct Joint Study of High-Speed Railway

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to witness the signing of an agreement on a joint study of the Jakarta-Surabaya semi-high-speed railway next week.

Abe will visit Indonesia next week and the signing will be a step forward to cement a vital role for Japan in several giant infrastructure projects across the archipelago.

The deal on the $7.8 billion railway would be the first of several projects worth billions of dollars, which Japan and Indonesia will undertake under a public-private partnership scheme involving state-owned and private companies from both countries.

Other projects include the $3 billion Patimban deepsea port in West Java, a $487 million project to electrify and double the number of lanes to four on the railway line connecting Manggarai Station in Central Jakarta and Cikarang, an industrialized area in West Java.

"We are expecting that a preliminary agreement will be signed between the Ministry of Transportation and JICA [Japan International Cooperation Agency]," Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Wednesday (04/01).

Japanese Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii visited Patimban Port and met with his Indonesian counterpart Budi Karya Sumadi last week to finalize talks on the projects.

Japan has been keen to secure transportation projects after losing out to the Chinese in 2015 for the contract to build Indonesia's first high-speed railway linking Jakarta and Bandung, West Java.


Source : The Jakarta Globe

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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