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The Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative (IndII) is an Australian Aid initiative managed by SMEC International on behalf of the Australian Government. Its goal is to promote economic growth by working with the Government of Indonesia to enhance infrastructure policy, planning and investment. IndII was originally established for a three-year period ending in June 2011. A follow-on project is now underway and will operate until June 2015. IndII focuses primarily on water and sanitation issues and on transport by road, rail and sea, as well as a number of cross-sectoral policy issues. All of IndII’s activities are designed to build local capacity at both national and sub-national levels. IndII coordinates its efforts with other donors participating in major infrastructure projects, and promotes partnerships between government and the private sector. A selection of its current work includes incentive grants for local governments to invest in their water utility companies, assisting with the development of national master plans for ports and railways, and formulating new guidelines and procedures for the management of transport sector public service obligations.

 

 

DFAT Minister Counsellor’s Calls on the Vice Governor of South Sulawesi and the Mayor of Makassar
Steve Scott, Minister Counsellor (Political and Trade) of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), called on H. Agus Arifin Nu’mang, Vice Governor of South Sulawesi, and H. Moh. Ramdhan Pomanto, Mayor of Makassar, on 11 September 2014. An agenda item in both meetings was to showcase DFAT’s development cooperation programs - especially IndII’s ongoing water, sanitation, and transport programs - and to stress the importance of cooperation between Australia and South Sulawesi on a range of important governance, human, and economic issues. Both senior officials were very pleased with the development of these programs. The Vice Governor specifically mentioned the benefit of road safety training previously conducted in Makassar. As part of the visit, the delegation also went to Losari Wastewater Treatment Plant, which received an Australia Indonesia Infrastructure Grant for Sanitation, and the Water Hibah Site in Kecamatan Bantimurung, Kabupaten Maros.
Technical Seminar for Integrated Urban Road Safety Program
The Government of Indonesia (GoI) is dedicated to improving road safety, beginning by integrating safety into all aspects of planning. Therefore, the Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative (IndII) is supporting GoI with an Integrated Urban Road Safety Program (IURSP). This program will provide technical assistance to several pilot cities so that they can prepare a Detailed Engineering Design for improving pedestrian and urban mobility in selected areas and along selected road corridors. IURSP aims to raise the quality of governance, planning and delivery of urban community safety programs in an integrated way and to achieve measurable improvements in physical road safety infrastructure and performance. Seven cities (Medan, Pekanbaru, Palembang, Bandung, Surakarta, Yogyakarta and Denpasar) have submitted proposals, which detail their existing road safety conditions and their proposed projects. A technical seminar was held on 2 September 2014 to provide feedback on each proposal. The cities are being given the opportunity to make revisions based on the feedback received from the IURSP Assessment Team, led by the leader of the team Eddy Gunawan. Four cities will be selected to receive technical assistance and the result will be announced on 1 October 2014.
Ministry of Transportation and Indonesia Transport Society Discuss 2015–2019 Strategic Plan
The Ministry of Transportation (MoT) continues its commitment to formulate a better strategic plan (Rencana Strategis, or Renstra) for the period 2015–2019. One way to achieve this is through more public consultations with relevant stakeholders. As part of this approach, MoT held a forum with the Indonesia Transport Society (MTI) on 26-27 August 2014 in Bogor. Sixty-one representatives from MoT, MTI, and IndII attended. The Vice Minister of Transportation, Bambang Susantono, opened the event. He stressed MoT’s determination to improve the upcoming Renstra and affirmed the value of wide-ranging input. He hoped that notes from the discussions will be included alongside the Renstra document. Professor Danang Parikesit, Head of MTI, provided feedback from MTI. Attendees discussed strategic issues and policies related to national connectivity, the transportation industry, cross-sectoral issues, urban transport, innovative financing mechanisms and development targets. The Renstra is scheduled to be issued within the next few months. When the new presidential cabinet is inaugurated in October, Renstra will be adjusted as needed to be in line with the objectives of the new cabinet.

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