Indonesia and Dutch agreed to extended the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) in Greater Jakarta areas, said one minister today (10/07) - Photo by Presiden Office

Bogor (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia and Dutch agreed to continues the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) in Greater Jakarta areas, said one minister today (10/07). The Dutch ODA financing (Development Cooperation) will stop next year on July 1st.

The sea dike development plan in the northern waters of Jakarta requires fantastic funding, at least Rp500 trillion (US$35.46 billion) is needed until this project is completed. Dutch has important rules to find the financial strategic for the projects.

“The agreement has been signed three years ago together with South Korea and it will be ended in July 2020. Dutch agreed to continue the agreement,” said minister of public works and public housing Basuki Hadimuljono after bilateral meeting between President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Mike Rutte at the Bogor Palace on Monday.

NCICD is a giant dykes that aims to protect the city of Jakarta for the short, medium to long term from the raw water crisis and the risk of flooding due to the phenomenon of subsidence in North Jakarta. In the initial stages to reduce the risk of flooding, tidal flooding and preventing a decline in the surface of Jakarta’ groundwater, a 20.1 kilometers sea dike was built to protect critical areas.

The construction of the emergency phase embankment was divided into the construction of a 4.5 kilometers embankment by the ministry, which was completed in 2018 and the rest by the provincial government of DKI Jakarta and private sector participation in the critical area.

On June 27, Indonesia agreed with the Dutch ministry of infrastructure and water management and Korea International Cooperation Agency to continue the NCICD Phase II. At present, the project is in the maturation stage of planning.

Beside agreed on the water project, he said, Widodo also invited the Dutch government to cooperate in education sector. According to president, Netherlands is one of Indonesia’ important partners in Europe, both in the fields of trade, investment and tourism.

Among European countries, the country is the second largest trading partner, number one partner in investment sector, and bring in the fourth largest tourist from Europe.

“We will continue to strengthen this cooperation by using the framework of comprehensive partnerships that have been held by the two countries, Indonesia and the Netherlands,” said Widodo at the joint statement with Rutte.

In the midst of a weakening world economic situation, he considered its necessary to increase economic cooperation with many partners, including Dutch. In the field of trade, Indonesia and the Netherlands agreed to continue to promote open and fair trade.

In this context, the head of states reiterated Indonesia’ concern for European Union on palm oil policy. He adds, “I appreciate the cooperation that has just been signed by Indonesia and the Netherlands in New York on Sept. 26, 2019, regarding the development of the capacity of smallholders to produce sustainable palm oil.”

Regarding on palm oil issues, Rutte said, his office was trying to turn complex situations into opportunities. In the field of investment, Widodo invited the Netherlands to increase partnerships in the field of maritime infrastructure and water management.

“I hope that together we will take advantage of this opportunity,” he added.

US$1: Rp14,100

by Linda Silaen, Email: linda.silaen@theinsiderstories.com