Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono urged SOEs to get engaged in construction projects in foreign countries, such as Wijaya Karya (Wika) in Algeria.

"Pride for the Ministry of PUPR sees PT Wika`s progress in Algeria as an Indonesian ambassador and a reference for infrastructure development in this country," Basuki Hadimuljono said in a written statement on Thursday.

PUPR Minister who has made a working visit to Algeria, some time ago said that various BUMNs must become the main motor of the export of construction services abroad.

According to him, business development to foreign countries shows that Indonesian companies have excellent capabilities and are not inferior to foreign companies.

One of the BUMNs that has expanded its wings to "go international" is PT Wika, which has been involved in several infrastructure projects in Algeria such as the construction of houses and roads.

In the housing sector, currently PT Wika is working on the construction of 5,350 Logement units or flats in several regions in Algeria.

"For technical work, the quality of work need not be doubted. Keep maintaining the credibility of the Indonesian people to be able to seize greater opportunities in the future. God willing," Basuki said.

By continuing to maintain the quality of work, PT Wika is prepared to be involved in several other potential projects in Algeria. There are five potential projects with a total value of around Rp9.23 trillion.

He said, the Ministry of PUPR as a national construction service coach continues to encourage Indonesian contractors and consultants, increasing their competence and quality so that they have competitiveness in global competition.

The ability to meet international quality standards, he continued, is needed to increase national construction services exports.

Reporting by Muhammad Razi Rahman
Editing by Eliswan

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