Models pose beside the mock up of trains during China High Speed Railway on Fast Track Exhibition at Senayan City, Jakarta August 15, 2015. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal)

Indonesia, China Consortium Sign $4.5b Loan for High Speed Railway Project

BY : GAYATRI SUROYO

MAY 15, 2017

Jakarta. A consortium of Indonesian and Chinese companies building Indonesia's first high speed railway has signed a $4.5 billion loan with China Development Bank, the government said on Monday (15/05).

The head of the consortium, Hanggoro Budi Wiryawan, and the chairman of China Development Bank, Hu Huaibang, signed the loan in Beijing on Sunday, during a bilateral meeting between Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and China's President Xi Jinping, according to a statement issued by the cabinet secretary office.

Jokowi was in Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Indonesia picked China over Japan to build the country's first fast-train rail link connecting its capital Jakarta to the textile hub of Bandung in 2015.

In the same year, several Indonesian state owned companies, including Wijaya Karya and Jasa Marga, formed Kereta Cepat Indonesia-China (KCIC), a consortium with China Railway International, to build the project.

The loan would cover 75 percent of total costs, which are expected to reach $6 billion, Hanggoro was quoted by Tempo.co as saying.

The cabinet secretary office said Indonesia was open to further cooperation in China's Belt and Road initiatives.

Indonesia, Southeast Asia's biggest economy, is trying to lure investors for a $450 billion infrastructure drive to revive economic growth.

Reuters

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