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Indonesia sees Japan as model for infrastructure development

  • Viriya P. Singgih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 15, 2017   /  03:34 pm
Indonesia sees Japan as model for infrastructure development Indonesian and Japanese business delegations meet during the Japan-Indonesia Business Dialogue event in Jakarta on Sunday. The event was held on the sidelines of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Indonesia, which will end on Monday. (The Jakarta Post/Viriya P. Singgih)

The government has high hopes that Japan will help to boost national development in various sectors, including infrastructure, maritime affairs and tourism.

"To maintain the country's stability, it is important for us to bring about equality. Hence, we want to boost infrastructure development in the eastern part of the country, which has been left behind compared to the western part," Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said in his opening remarks at the Japan-Indonesia Business Dialogue event in Jakarta on Sunday.

The event was held on the sidelines of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Indonesia, which will end on Monday.

"We look at Japan as an ideal model. Hence, we want to speed up Indonesia's infrastructure development and we hope there will be more Japanese businesspeople involved in such development," Luhut said.

He added that Indonesia was also seeking opportunities to team up with Japan in several other sectors, namely maritime affairs, fisheries and tourism.

"During this event, we have gathered and brought representatives of many Japanese companies to Indonesia. So, we see Indonesia as an important partner and we are really interested to develop our businesses in Indonesia," said Hiroto Izumi, special advisor to Abe.

Among the members of Japan's delegation are representatives of various companies, such as gas firm Tokyo Gas, trading giant Mitsubishi Corporation, glass manufacturer Asahi Glass and energy company Inpex. (tas)