Govt showcases US$90 billion worth of projects at investment forum in London

The Jakarta PostThe government has showcased Indonesia’s numerous infrastructure projects to foreign investors during an investment forum in London that was met with enthusiasm from investors. National Planning Development Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo and Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman Thomas Lembong showcased the opportunities during the Indonesia Infrastructure Investment Forum (IIIF) 2019 in London.

Speaking to reporters via conference call from London on Wednesday, Bambang said there was increasing interest from British investors to invest in Indonesia, particularly driven by the country’s need to diversify investment in anticipation of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

“Investors [in the UK] are becoming more interested in [investment] prospects in Indonesia,” said Bambang, while adding that the recent confirmation by the Constitutional Court on the presidential election winner, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin, also added a sense of certainty and optimism.

In the forum, the government offered 83 projects worth US$40 billion under public-private partnership (PPP) schemes, while 30 projects were offered under nonstate budget infrastructure funding (PINA) schemes worth US$50 billion.

The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) estimated that the country needs investment in infrastructure of US$429.7 billion, or equal to 6.1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), between 2020 and 2024.

The private sector was expected to provide the lion’s share of infrastructure financing while the government and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are expected to contribute between 19.2 percent and 21.7 percent respectively. (bbn)


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