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Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s infrastructure policy dilemma

  • Linda Yanti Sulistiawati and David K. Linnan

Yogyakarta   /   Wed, August 14 2019   /  12:50 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s recent victory speech indicated that infrastructure will once again be emphasized in his second term. Its role is as a tool to boost the country’s development, logistics and investment, particularly outside Java. So, why are we not celebrating more success in creating this badly needed infrastructure? We cited below some of the main reasons.Infrastructure projects involve significant time lags in construction and planning, so that in the short term, the projects are more a form of government stimulus than quick contributions to the nation’s capital stock. So, many presidential first-term infrastructure projects may not be ready yet, while many — if not most —second-term projects will likely not be completed before the end of Jokowi’s second term. Public-private partnerships (PPP), regulated in Presidential Regulation No. 38/2015 on PPP, ha...