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Today's Headlines Infrastructure

  • Railways in Indonesia: Jakarta-Surabaya Medium-Speed Train

    Railways in Indonesia: Jakarta-Surabaya Medium-Speed Train

    Budi Karya Sumadi, Indonesian Minister of Transportation, said the preliminary study into the medium-speed Jakarta-Surabaya railway could be completed before the end of 2016. In a bid to enhance connectivity and curtail logistics costs the government of Indonesia encourages the construction of a medium-speed railway linking Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta (on the western part of Java) to the nation's second-largest city of Surabaya in East Java. The preliminary study was started three weeks ago.

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  • Infrastructure Budget Indonesia Rises in 2017 State Budget

    Infrastructure Budget Indonesia Rises in 2017 State Budget

    In the 2017 State Budget the Indonesian government allocated IDR 387.3 trillion (approx. USD $29.8 billion) for infrastructure development, up from IDR 317.1 trillion in the 2016 budget. Since Joko Widodo became Indonesian President in 2014 the infrastructure budget of Indonesia has been raised rapidly, showing that Widodo kept his pledge and is serious about constructing roads, bridges, airports, harbors, and railways in an effort to enhance connectivity in Southeast Asia's largest economy, reduce logistics costs and enforce the multiplier effect.

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  • Ease of Doing Business in Indonesia Improving, Time for Complacency?

    Ease of Doing Business in Indonesia Improving, Time for Complacency?

    Indonesia's improving ranking in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Index shows that the government's reform efforts have had a positive effect. However, there is no time for complacency as most industries in Indonesia continue to lack competitiveness compared to regional counterparts, while many entrepreneurs in Indonesia continue to complain about (the lack of) legal certainty as well as (the lack of) good coordination and cooperation between Indonesia's central and regional governments (in terms of policy implementation).

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  • Steel Industry Indonesia: Local Steel Gaining Market Share

    Steel Industry Indonesia: Local Steel Gaining Market Share

    The Indonesian Iron and Steel Association (IISIA) predicts that steel sales in Indonesia will grow nearly 9 percent (y/y) to 12.5 million tons in 2016, from 11.5 million tons in 2015, on the back of new infrastructure projects. IISIA Director for International Relations Purwono Widodo adds that the market share of locally-produced steel is expected to rise from 40 percent to 60 percent. This is a positive development because the steel market in Indonesia has been dominated by imports (mostly from China).

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  • Jean-Claude Trichet on the Indonesian Economy; New Policy Packages

    Jean-Claude Trichet on the Indonesian Economy; New Policy Packages

    Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank (ECB) from 2003 to 2011, says the strategy of Indonesian President Joko Widodo to boost overall economic growth (and social development) in Southeast Asia's largest economy through infrastructure development is the correct strategy. Although this strategy requires time, it will result in structural long-term growth. Trichet spoke at an international seminar in Jakarta, themed "Challenges to Global Economy", organized by the Indonesian Deposit Insurance Company (LPS) to mark its 11th anniversary.

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  • Indonesia Infrastructure & "One Belt, One Road" Investment Conference

    Indonesia Infrastructure & "One Belt, One Road" Investment Conference

    Indonesia Infrastructure & "One Belt One Road" Investment Conference 2016 (IIC 2016) will be held on October 20th and 21st 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The conference will be a stage of first-hand infrastructure investment information, a bridge of networking and discussing between local project leaders and investors, and will involve a full program of high quality international keynote speakers to give a global and local perspective on Indonesia infrastructure construction.

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  • Port Infrastructure Indonesia: 1st Terminal New Priok Port Completed

    Port Infrastructure Indonesia: 1st Terminal New Priok Port Completed

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo witnessed the inauguration of the first newly built container terminal, part of the New Priok Port, an extension of Indonesia's busiest port (Tanjung Priok) in North Jakarta, on Tuesday (13/09). At this occasion Widodo urged the developers of the New Priok Port to speed up construction of the port so that phase one can be completed by 2019. The New Priok Port, consisting of three phases, will relieve the overloaded systems at the existing Tanjung Priok port and bring Indonesia's port facilities on par with other world-class ports.

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  • Aviation Infrastructure Indonesia: Passenger Capacity Soekarno-Hatta Airport

    Aviation Infrastructure Indonesia: Passenger Capacity Soekarno-Hatta Airport

    Passenger capacity at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia's busiest airport located just outside Jakarta, is targeted to reach 61 million (per year) by the end of 2017, up 84 percent from a passenger capacity of 33 million passengers currently. Passenger capacity at the airport will rise strongly after the full completion of construction of Terminal 3 as well as the renovations at Terminals 1 and 2. Although Terminal 3 opened in August 2016 construction will continue into 2017 when full passenger capacity (25 million per year) is expected to be reached.

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  • Toll Road Development Indonesia: 11 Investors Compete in Tenders

    Toll Road Development Indonesia: 11 Investors Compete in Tenders

    The Indonesia Toll Road Authority (in Indonesian: Badan Pengatur Jalan Tol, or BPJT), which is a department within Indonesia's Ministry of Public Works and Housing, says there are 11 investors that compete for four toll road projects. Combined, these four projects are estimated to have a total value of IDR 41.5 trillion (approx. USD $3 billion). The 11 investors - all having passed the prequalification process - are requested to send their proposals for the tender process. Before the end of 2016, the Indonesian government is expected to announce the winners of the tenders.

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  • Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's Terminal 3 Starts Operations

    Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's Terminal 3 Starts Operations

    On Tuesday (09/08), Terminal 3 of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, located just outside Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta, becomes operational. This IDR 7.7 trillion (approx. USD $588 million) terminal is designed to have the capacity to handle some 25 million passengers per year. In the first phase of the terminal's operations, national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will use it for its domestic flights (about 126 per day). Gradually, Garuda will serve international flights from this terminal, followed by international flights of other airlines.

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Latest Columns Infrastructure

  • 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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  • Infrastructure Development: the Tough Road Ahead for Indonesia

    Infrastructure in Indonesia: the Tough Road Ahead

    Infrastructure is the artery of the economy. Blocked arteries are life threatening. Similarly, when there is a lack of adequate infrastructure within the economy (whether in terms of quality or quantity) the economy will run in a highly inefficient manner due to high logistics costs, uncompetitive businesses (as the costs of doing business rise significantly), as well as social injustice when, for example, it is difficult for part of the population to reach healthcare facilities, or, for children to reach a school.

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  • Tourism in Indonesia: Labuan Bajo (Flores), the 'New Bali'?

    Tourism in Indonesia: Labuan Bajo (Flores), the 'New Bali'?

    Labuan Bajo, a small harbor town on the island of Flores in Indonesia's Nusa Tenggara region, is considered the "new Bali" due to its huge tourism potential. Blessed with beautiful and idyllic natural scenery (including beaches and offshore islands), foreign and domestic tourists will surely have a great experience. Although there are already about a dozen of high-class hotels (4 or 5 stars) and it is fairly well connected to other parts of Indonesia (through its Komodo Airport and port), the small fishing town remains underdeveloped for now.

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  • Construction Sector of Indonesia: State-Controlled Firms to Thrive?

    Construction Sector of Indonesia: State-Controlled Firms to Thrive?

    Construction companies in Indonesia are expected to grow strongly, supported by the availability of many new construction contracts, in the second half of 2016. Particularly state-controlled construction firms are expected to benefit from the government's push for infrastructure development. The central government's budget for infrastructure development has risen significantly in recent years (see table below), while the government also tries to direct part of the funds that are generated through the tax amnesty program toward infrastructure development.

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  • Indonesian Companies in Focus: Toll Road Operator Jasa Marga

    Indonesian Companies in Focus: Toll Road Operator Jasa Marga

    State-controlled toll road constructor and operator Jasa Marga is expected to post rising revenue and net profit in the years to come as its toll road network is expanding amid the government's drive to push for infrastructure development, including toll road development. Recently Jasa Marga was awarded four toll road projects - all on the island of Java - with a total length of 262.3 kilometers (valued at IDR 18.4 trillion). Up to 2017 Jasa Marga plans to commission some 313 kilometers of toll road.

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