The Jakarta Post
Head of the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) Bambang Brodjonegoro said on Thursday the government had offered a number of infrastructure projects to the French government and investors through government-to-business (G2B) schemes.
He expressed the hope that French businesspeople would be interested in investing, particularly in the transportation sector because that country had long experience in developing transportation infrastructure in large cities like Paris.
“We have admitted that we lag far behind by Thailand, most of its people rely on public transportation,” said Bambang in Jakarta as quoted by kontan.co.id when revealing the offered projects.
Therefore, the government wants to accelerate the construction of more transportation infrastructure, particularly, rail-based infrastructure like the light rail transit (LRT) project in Medan, North Sumatra, and a conventional railway project from Makassar to Pare-Pare in South Sulawesi.
Bambang also revealed several seaport projects that would be offered, including Petimban seaport in West Java, Baubau seaport in Southeast Sulawesi and Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara.
For the road projects, the government is offering the Yogyakarta-Bawen toll road, Jakarta-Cikampek, southern toll road, Probolinggo-Banyuwangi toll road and Semarang-Demak toll road, while non-toll road projects include the trans-Papua highway and road construction in Riau and North Sumatra, he added.
In water supply, Bappenas is offering at least four projects in Bandar Lampung, Lampung; Jatiluhur, West Java; West Semarang, Central Java; and Pekanbaru in Riau. (bbn)