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Wika eyes infrastructure projects in Nigeria

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 2, 2019   /   12:06 pm
Wika eyes infrastructure projects  in Nigeria Vice President Jusuf Kalla (center) speaks to participants of the Indonesian-African Forum in Nusa Dua, Bali on April 10, 2019. State construction firm PT Wijaya Karya (Wika) expects to secure new contracts to develop infrastructure in Nigeria. (JP/ Nyoman Budhiana)

Publicly listed state construction firm PT Wijaya Karya (Wika) expects to secure contracts to develop infrastructure in Nigeria following a bilateral meeting between Indonesian and Nigerian officials in Jakarta on Tuesday.

“The projects will most likely be related to road and bridge development, but we need to wait for their decision,” the company’s secretary, Mahendra Vijaya, said following  the meeting.

Wika was one of the state-owned enterprises that attended a knowledge-sharing session with representatives from the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) in Jakarta.

The session was part of a reverse-linkage program under the South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC), a cooperation scheme for developing countries in Asia, Africa and the South Pacific. The panel discussed road and bridge development in the African country.

Besides possible road and bridge projects, Indonesia also signed a contract for a tin smelter project in Nigeria.

Wika previously signed a contract worth 20 million euro (about Rp 332 billion)  for the renovation of the presidential palace in Nigeria. The company secured the palace renovation project following a visit of the Nigerian president to Indonesia  in October 2017. The contract was officially signed during the Indonesia-Africa Forum in Bali in April 2018. (eyc)