Jakarta. Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Friday (13/10) that several companies from the United States and the South Korean government have expressed an interest to help develop much-needed transport infrastructure in Indonesia.
A press release issued by the Transport Ministry said US businesses are interested in forging partnerships to improve connectivity in Indonesia and boost economic growth in the archipelago.
"I also offered them to help develop transportation infrastructure for city trains, train network for the Lombok and [Medan's] Kuala Namu airports, and cargo centers in Jakarta and Medan," Budi said after a meeting with representatives from the US-Asean Business Council (USABC).
Budi said he will soon follow up on projects discussed at the meeting with Marc Mealy, USABC’s policy vice president.
The USABC meeting was organized as part of the 23rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Transport Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore, where Budi also met with South Korea’s Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Kim Hyun-mee.
"The South Koreans also expressed an interest to work together in train projects in South Sulawesi, for the Kuala Namu Airport and the Kuala Tanjung Port," Budi said in a tweet.
2. Korea Selatan menyatakan tertarik bekerjasama dalam proyek kereta api di Sulawesi Selatan, Bandara Kuala Namu & Pelabuhan Kuala Tanjung pic.twitter.com/4fWiFM7157— Budi Karya Sumadi (@BudiKaryaS) October 13, 2017
A technical team will inspect the project locations next week, according to Budi. The projects will also be included in a memorandum of understanding to be signed during the visit of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Indonesia in November.