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Jakarta Post

Discourse: Regulatory matters are always fickle, public works minister says

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, June 4 2012   /  08:14 am

Infrastructure bottlenecks rank high among the constraints hindering the Indonesian economy from delivering its true potential. Much of the responsibility in infrastructure development, particularly on roads and dams, lies with the Public Works Ministry. To determine a better sense of where the country is in terms of infrastructure development, The Jakarta Post’s Andi Haswidi and Nurfika Osman recently spoke to Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto. Below is an edited version of the interview.

Question: Some say that the Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach is not that successful. What do you think and why?

Answer: Honestly, the Public Private Partnership scheme has not yet brought success in the country, but the change is tremendous. For instance, when constructing the Jagorawi toll road in 1978, the state set up a company called PT Jasa Marga that acted as a toll r...