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Like many other cities in Asia, Indonesian cities have difficulty accessing finance for infrastructure. Relying heavily on current mechanisms – typically public sector grant funding – to meet capital and operational expenditure financing needs limits what many cities can potentially achieve.
To help Indonesian cities bridge this infrastructure financing gap, CDIA, in partnership with PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (PT SMi), delivered the latest in a series of training courses focused on “Linking Cities’ Infrastructure Investment Projects to Finance” from 26-28 April 2017 in Balikpapan City, Indonesia.
Delivered in Bahasa Indonesia, the course enhanced participants’ knowledge of financing modalities and infrastructure funding sources. It further served as a platform for them to present infrastructure projects that they wish to develop and link to funding.
Examples of projects presented included: bulk water supply, transmission, treatment and distribution in Balikpapan and riverside development and water treatment in Pangka Raya City. All the proposed projects were presented to a panel comprising CDIA and SMi staff, as well as the course participants and then a discussion was held specifically in relation to how the city might better prepare the project so as to increase its ‘bankability’.
A total of 35 local government officers representing 11 cities and regencies actively participated in the three-day knowledge-sharing seminar. The course itself comprised a mix of presentations, exercises, case studies and discussions as well as sharing of experiences and lessons learned.
The course was conducted by Mr. Dodi Miharjana with further inputs from CDIA’s Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist Stuart King, Indonesian Ministry of Finance Managing Director of Government Support and Infrastructure Financing Mr. Freddy Saragih, and multiple representatives from PT SMi.
The course will be conducted again in September 2017 and will likely be held somewhere in the East of Indonesia or possibly, Sumatra.