Chief minister seeks China`s help to develop infrastructure projects

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Sofyan Djalil has invited Chinese investors to join Indonesias development programs such as boosting electricity generation capacity and the constructions of toll roads, seaports, integrated industrial zones, and railway lines.

"China is the worlds second-largest country with rapid economic growth. Besides this, China is also technologically advanced. Therefore, we want China to help Indonesia build infrastructure," the chief minister stated during a seminar on "Indonesia, China and the Pacific Rim Relationship" here on Tuesday.

Although the government has saved Rp230 trillion by converting unproductive subsidy to productive ones, the funds would not be sufficient for the construction of much-needed infrastructure to help boost Indonesias economic growth at seven percent, he stated.

Indonesia needs investors to help realize the target of increasing its power generation capacity to reach 35 thousand megawatts as set by President Joko Widodo.

The country also plans to build railway lines in Sumatra Province, double-track railway lines on Java Island, toll roads, and carry out the expansion of airports.

The government is also preparing an integrated one-door service to help investors applying for licenses. (*)