Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. A.M. Fachir, witnessed the signing of a Euro 20 million contract on Thursday in Niamey, Niger, calling for PT WIKA to renovate the Niger Presidential Palace.

The contract was signed by Operational Director III WIKA, Destiawan, and the Chief of Cabinet of Niger, Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou.

"This is a historical project and has strategic value, considering that this is the first project for PT WIKA in Sub-Saharan Africa. I am sure that after this project, there will be subsequent projects, either in the infrastructure sector or other potential fields," Vice Minister Fachir said in a statement here on Friday.

The renovation of the Niger Presidential Palace is a concrete result of the state visit of the President of Niger to Indonesia in October 2017.

At the Indonesia-Africa Forum in Bali, 10-11 April 2018, an initial agreement was also signed for the renovation project.

To work on this project, WIKA will receive financing from the Indonesia Eximbank, whose officials also attended the signing.

Officials noted that plans show a strong synergy between an SOE and an Indonesian institution, that needs to be replicated in other countries in Africa.

At the signing, Vice Minister Fachir also said that all relevant parties continue to work to identify other infrastructure projects that could become concrete business deals during the Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue activities, to be held on August 20-21, 2019.

Reported by Azis Kurmala
Edited by Andi Abdussalam

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