Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, center. (Antara Photo/Fakhri Hermansyah)

Indonesia, Japan Agree to Continue Cooperation on Port, Rail Projects

BY :TABITA DIELA & LONA OLAVIA

DECEMBER 29, 2016

Jakarta. Indonesia and Japan have agreed to continue cooperation on several transportation infrastructure projects in a bid to improve logistics in the archipelago, a minister said.

The two countries agreed to cooperate on the development of Patimban Port in Subang, West Java, and the Jakarta-Surabaya high-speed train, including opportunities to convert railway tracks for use by electric trains and doubling the number of tracks to four from two currently.

"Details related to the parties involved and the collaboration will be discussed later but by representatives from private Japanese and Indonesian companies," Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Thursday (29/12).

He said the Ministry of Transportation, National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are preparing feasibility studies, environmental impact analyses and funding alternatives for the projects.

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The environmental impact analyses are scheduled for completion in February.

The minister's comment came after his Japanese counterpart, Keiichi Ishii, visited Patimban Port on Wednesday.

Patimban will support the existing Tanjung Priok Port, which currently handles about 65 percent of the nation's international trade. The port development will begin right after the signing of a $1.7 billion funding agreement in May.

Meanwhile, the Jakarta-Surabaya semi-high-speed rail project will also involve a Japanese company in the feasibility study.

"The government welcomes Japan's increased attention to the construction of railway tracks connecting Jakarta and Surabaya, which will be able to carry trains travelling at up to 160 kilometers per hour," Budi said.

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