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Today's Headlines Infrastructure

  • Infrastructure Competitiveness Indonesia: Reason for Optimism?

    Infrastructure Competitiveness Indonesia: Reason for Optimism?

    After seeing the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, Indonesian construction companies gained optimism that the improved ranking of Indonesia in terms of infrastructure competitiveness will translate to more private sector involvement in the country's infrastructure sector.

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  • Infrastructure Investment Projects on Sale in Indonesia

    Infrastructure Investment Projects on Sale in Indonesia

    The Transportation Ministry of Indonesia hopes to attract up to IDR 40 trillion (approx. USD $3 billion) in investment commitments from (foreign) investors during the fourth Asia-Europe Transport Ministers Meeting, held on Bali between 26-28 September 2017. These investments are needed to finance 12 infrastructure projects in Indonesia that are on offer.

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  • Jakarta-Bandung Railway Project Plagued by Land Acquisition Trouble

    Jakarta-Bandung Railway Project Plagued by Land Acquisition Trouble

    One of the biggest problems in relation to infrastructure development or construction projects in Indonesia is the land acquisition process. Many projects have been delayed - or cancelled altogether - because local land owners refuse to sell their land to the developers of the project, or, they only agree to sell land at very costly prices.

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  • Infrastructure Indonesia Update: Construction Warnasari Terminal

    Infrastructure Indonesia Update: Construction Warnasari Terminal

    Construction of the Warnasari terminal in Cilegon (Banten province) commenced. Indonesian Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi laid the first stone at the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday (30/08). Zamhari Hamid, President Director of port operator Pelabuhan Cilegon Mandiri (PCM), said the Warnasari terminal is designed to have a loading capacity of 12 million tons in the first phase, which estimated to be completed in October 2019, established on a land area of 45 hectares.

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  • Economy & Politics Indonesia: Widodo Proposes 2018 State Budget

    Economy & Politics Indonesia: Widodo Proposes 2018 State Budget

    Traditionally, the Indonesian President reveals the government's proposal for next year's state budget one day ahead of the Independence Day celebrations. This time, President Joko Widodo announced a rather ambitious target in terms of economic growth. The central government proposes the GDP growth target figure for 2018 at 5.4 percent year-on-year (y/y). The budget proposal requires approval from the House of Representatives (DPR).

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  • PPP Infrastructure Projects Indonesia: Batam-Bintan Bridge

    PPP Infrastructure Projects Indonesia: Batam-Bintan Bridge

    The Batam Indonesia Free Zone Authority (in Indonesian: Badan Pengusahaan Batam) is currently preparing the Batam-Bintan Bridge project. This could become the area's first public-private partnership (PPP) project. Batam and Bintan are two islands that are located in Indonesia's Riau Islands province, just south of Singapore. While Batam is a major industry hub, Bintan is being promoted as the new Bali.

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  • Rising Momentum for Indonesia's Public-Private Partnership Projects?

    Rising Momentum for Indonesia's Public-Private Partnership Projects?

    During the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration (2004-2014) the Indonesian government presented public-private partnerships (PPPs) as solution to infrastructure development in Indonesia. However, there was limited enthusiasm as investors remained hesitant due to the nation's complex investment climate (including the difficult land acquisition process, regulatory uncertainty and doubts about the economic feasibility of certain projects).

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  • Infrastructure in Indonesia: Update Jakarta-Surabaya Railway

    Infrastructure in Indonesia: Update Jakarta-Surabaya Railway

    The Indonesian government plans to show results of the prefeasibility study for the revitalization of the north coast railroad - that connects Jakarta and Surabaya on the island of Java - to Japan immediately after the study has been completed. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, said the government is expecting to start discussing the project in early August 2017.

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  • Mudik Tradition Indonesia: Fewer Idul Fitri Traffic Accidents

    Mudik Tradition Indonesia: Fewer Idul Fitri Traffic Accidents

    Indonesian police informed that there were less traffic accidents during this year's Idul Fitri exodus compared to preceding years. Idul Fitri, a national week-long holiday, marks the end of the Islamic fasting month (Ramadan) and is a big happening in Indonesia. Ahead of Idul Fitri millions of workers who live in the cities travel to their places of origin to spend some days with their families. Locally, this tradition is known as "mudik" ("going home").

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Latest Columns Infrastructure

  • New Toll Road Improves Connectivity in North Sumatra Growth Center

    New Toll Road Improves Connectivity in North Sumatra Growth Center

    Last week Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated the 41.7-kilometer Parbarakan-Sei Rampah section of the Medan-Kualanamu-Tebing Tinggi toll road in North Sumatra. This Parbarakan-Sei Rampah section is now the longest piece of toll road on the island of Sumatra and will boost connectivity in the province of North Sumatra.

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  • World Bank Releases October Indonesia Economic Quarterly Report

    World Bank Releases October Indonesia Economic Quarterly Report

    In its latest report, the World Bank stated that Indonesia's macroeconomic fundamentals are solid and have been strengthening amid the central government's eagerness to implement critical structural reforms, while investment growth rose to the highest levels since the last quarter of 2015 (mainly investment in buildings and structures).

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  • Government of Indonesia Supports Development Meikarta Project

    Government of Indonesia Supports Development Meikarta Project

    Indonesian Minister of Home Affairs, Tjahjo Kumolo, made a statement in support of the Lippo Group's controversial Meikarta integrated township project. At the Indonesia Future City & REI Mega Expo 2017 on Thursday (14/09) Kumolo said Indonesia's regional governments should not unnecessarily obstruct private projects that help to develop the regional economy. He cited Meikarta as an example.

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  • Infrastructure Update Indonesia: Balikpapan-Samarinda Toll Road

    Infrastructure Update Indonesia: Balikpapan-Samarinda Toll Road

    One of the toll roads that is high on the Indonesian government's priority list is the Balikpapan-Samarinda toll road in East Kalimantan. The project is part of the government's quest to boost infrastructure development, thus reduce the nation's high logistics costs and make local businesses more competitive. However, as with every big infrastructure project in Southeast Asia's largest economy, there are bottlenecks that have caused a significant delay.

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  • Funding Indonesia's Infrastructure Push; Eyeing Foreign Pension Funds

    Funding Indonesia's Infrastructure Push; Eyeing Foreign Pension Funds

    From Hamburg (Germany) where he visited the G-20 summit, Indonesian President Joko Widodo instructed his cabinet to increase efforts to attract investment into Indonesia. Now Indonesia recently obtained the investment grade status from all important global credit rating agencies, it should make Indonesia a more attractive investment destination for foreigners, including institutional investors such as pension funds.

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  • Investment Projects on Offer in Indonesia: Airport Development & Management

    Investment Projects on Offer in Indonesia: Airport Development & Management

    Angkasa Pura I, the state-owned firm that provides airport management services in the central and eastern region of Indonesia, offers foreign and domestic private investors the opportunity to operate and develop several airports (in cooperation with Angkasa Pura I) across Indonesia: the Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport in Sepinggan (Balikpapan, Kalimantan), Lombok Praya Airport on Lombok, and - in the pipeline - Kulon Progo Airport in Yogyakarta (Java).

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  • Indonesia Seeks to Develop More Special Economic Zones

    Indonesia Seeks to Develop More Special Economic Zones

    Six new 'special economic zones' (in Indonesian: kawasan ekonomi khusus, or KEK) should become operational in Indonesia soon. These six KEKs are: (1) Bitung, (2) Palu, (3) Tanjung Api-Api, (4) Mandalika, (5) Morotai, and (6) Maloy Batuta Trans Kalimantan. Indonesia's special economic zones are designated areas that offer both foreign and local investors preferential regulatory and tax regimes, as well as - in theory - the availability of key physical infrastructure such as harbors and power plants that should attract foreign investment in these zones.

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  • Fierce Battle for Market Share in Indonesia's Cement Sector

    Fierce Battle for Market Share in Indonesia's Cement Sector

    For Indonesian cement producers it is vital to maintain their market share amid ongoing difficult times. With Indonesia's total installed annual cement production capacity now being around 100 million tons, while domestic demand is only expected to reach 65 million in 2017, cement players are facing weak prices amid a big oversupply, while foreign demand for Indonesian cement is yet to grow. Meanwhile, due to the arrival of various new cement players in Indonesia in recent years, competition for market share has become increasingly fierce.

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  • Infrastructure Update Indonesia: LRT, Energy, Airports & Toll Road

    Infrastructure Update Indonesia: LRT, Energy, Airports & Toll Road

    The controversial Batang power plant in Central Java is expected to be completed in 2020 now all land acquisition disputes have been resolved. This USD $4.2 billion power plant experienced a long delay as about a dozen of local farmers were reluctant to sell their land to the developers of the project. In February 2016 Indonesia's Supreme Court ruled in favor of the project developers. Indonesian President Joko Widodo is a supporter of this project.

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  • Toll Road Development in Indonesia Disappointing in 2016

    Toll Road Development in Indonesia Disappointing in 2016

    Approaching the end of 2016 it is interesting to take a look whether the Indonesian government achieved its target in terms of infrastructure development. In this column we zoom in on toll road construction. Before 2016 started the central government - under the leadership of President Joko Widodo - targeted to see the construction of 136 kilometers of new toll roads this year. However, two weeks before the end of 2016 only 44 kilometers of new toll roads have been developed this year, achieving only 32 percent of the target.

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