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African countries look to Wika for infrastructure projects amid China’s dominance

  • Riska Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, August 12, 2019   /  09:53 am
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A billboard displaying Wijaya Karya's logo is seen near a project in Jakarta (kontan.co.id/Daniel Prabowo)

Publicly listed state construction firm PT Wijaya Karya (Wika) is eyeing to accommodate increasing demand from Africa amid Chinese companies’ dominance in the region’s infrastructure projects.  Wika spokesperson Mahendra Vijaya said the company has received offers from countries like Tanzania, Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Rwanda to work on their roads, bridges, power plants and governmental buildings. The company expects to secure at least Rp 2 trillion (US$140.72 million) worth of projects from the deals, which will be fully revealed during the Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue in Bali which will take place from Aug. 17 to 22, Mahendra said. Roads and ports, as well as apartments and buildings – including the Rwandan central bank building – are especially of interest, he added.  “We ent...