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CDIA and PT SMI Hold Series of Knowledge Sharing Sessions on Infrastructure Project Development

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CDIA has collaborated with PT SMI in Indonesia to deliver a comprehensive capacity development program aimed at enhancing the project development and fund management capabilities of officials and staff of PT SMI.

“With the vision of PT SMI as a catalyst to accelerate the Indonesian infrastructure development, the challenges are mainly on the preparation of the project, readiness of the ecosystem, regulation and financing,” said PT SMI Director for Project Development and Advisory Mohammad Ghozi Indra Dalel during his Opening Remarks.

“Understanding how CDIA is working, how ADB is collaborating with CDIA, how it manages the fund and promote [infrastructure] development is important because we will need that capability in Indonesia as well,” he added.

The program involves four 2-hour knowledge sharing sessions, which started on 17 March 2021 and will continue until May 2021.

“We have designed the sessions in such a way that attendees can comfortably ask questions and provide their views and experiences on the topics,” says CDIA Program Manager Neil Chadder.

The first session introduced CDIA as an institution and set the stage for in-depth discussions on target setting of a project preparation facility and its organizational management.

The second session on the other hand discussed how CDIA’s activities have been strategized to align with, and achieve its target outcomes. The discussions aimed to help PT SMI develop their own set of organizational outcome indicators in project development and advisory services.

The third session tackled how CDIA integrates capacity development in project preparation study (PPS), the mechanisms for monitoring outputs and evaluating outcomes, and some considerations for water and sanitation projects.

The fourth session is expected to share insights on ADB’s “Urban Sector Group Working Paper Series on Housing for Resilience” and share lessons from two housing projects in Mongolia and Sri Lanka, respectively.

When asked about a single most valuable thing learned from the first session, one participant shared that “CDIA has spent 6-8 months for project preparation and I thought it is very tight. [Yet] the strong commitment of the team… shows that it is feasible. We learnt a lot of things on how CDIA can manage their project to meet the timeline.”

The knowledge sharing sessions will be followed by a hands-on assignment experience where selected PT SMI officers will participate in the actual conduct of a CDIA PPS.

CDIA and PT SMI have been collaborating since 2012 and are keen to strengthen their partnership even further to support more cities in Indonesia through capacity development, exchange programs and project development.

 

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Third session (21 April 2021):

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