JICA Indonesia Office Chief Representative Shinichi Yamanaka spoke in an session of Japan-Indonesia Meeting at National Planning Agency Building in Jakarta. Photo by The Agency.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories)Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) prepared US$881.15 million (Rp12.5 trillion) financing for Indonesia’s infrastructure projects. Indonesia’s first ever Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is one of those undertakings.

“The Rp12.5 trillion is for all projects funded by JICA,” said JICA Indonesia Office Chief Representative Shinichi Yamanaka today (04/04).

He explained that JICA will give further funding for phase two MRT development. The phase two of the project is estimated to value Rp22.5 trillion. Shinichi is also positive about the MRT development will be on Japan as Indonesia Vice President Jusuf Kalla stated that the MRT will be extended to 200 kilometres in the next 10 years.

Besides, JICA will also give partial financing for the Rp43.2 trillion Patimban Port in Subang district, West Java. The soon-to-be one of Indonesia’s most sophisticated port is going to have 7.5 million teus capacity of containers and 600,000 Completely Built Up (CBU) vehicles. The progress has only been completed about a dozen percent, while it is expected to start operating by the end of 2019.

Other than that, Jakarta wastewater treatment system and Central Sulawesi reconstruction after the deadly earthquake are also allocated in the funding.

JICA also involves National Development Planning Ministry’s plan on developing 5 provinces for the United Nation’s program of Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) pilot areas. However, only Jakarta province and Banten province that have been decided, while three others will follow when the project is ongoing.

Indonesia government and JICA will start the program this month and for the next 1.5 year. The project aims to strengthening the SGDs framework implementation. Indonesia may need JICA’s support in determining domestic indicators, formulating action plan to reach the indicator, also creating monitoring and evaluating systems.

“We hope that JICA can initiate knowledge and experiential transfer that have been successfully achieved in implementing the SDGs by sending experts to determine indicators of Indonesia’s success,” said Secretary of National Development Planning Ministry, Gellwynn Jusuf.

Recently, Indonesia has only collected 85 of 241 SDGs indicators. Moreover, the action plan must be improved for achieving all of the indicators. JICA then will be actively share information and outcome of the projects.

Shinichi explained that the 5 provinces choices have characteristics for the project implementation. He also expressed his expectation to run the program smoothly and comprehensively.

“Because Indonesia is one the Southeast Asia country that has a big interest and spirit to run SDGs. The National Development Planning Ministry’s initiative is high, so we really  support that initiative,” he said.

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