Indonesia, Japan commit to accelerating development of Jakarta-Surabaya railway

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Masafumi Ishii said Indonesia and Japan are committed to accelerating the development of medium-speed railway facilities for the Jakarta-Surabaya route.

"With the support of the Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla, big projects can run well. I will try again to make big projects benefit both countries, Indonesia and Japan," Ishii said at the Vice Presidents office here on Friday.

According to the Chairman of the Vice Presidential Expert Team Sofyan Wanandi, the commitment was supported by the implementation of work schedules, which were drawn up by the Ministry of Public Works led-Indonesian team and the Japanese team for conducting a feasibility study.

"They are making a joint feasibility study to accelerate the railway construction and establish the necessary investment. The joint study has been discussed well and everything is going according to plan," he said.

He further said the implementation of the medium-speed train project for Jakarta-Surabaya route could run well.

To accelerate the development of Japanese investment projects in Indonesia, including the medium-speed train for Jakarta-Surabaya route and Patimban Port in Subang, West Java province, Kalla will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on June 5.

"More commitments will be discussed during the meeting of Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday," he said.

Kalla will be present in Tokyo at the invitation of Nikkei, a media corporation in Japan. He will be one of the speakers at the 23rd International Forum: Future of Asia on June 5 and June 6.(*)

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