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The Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative (IndII) is an Australian Aid initiative managed by SMEC International on behalf of the Australian Government. Its goal is to promote economic growth by working with the Government of Indonesia to enhance infrastructure policy, planning and investment. IndII was originally established for a three-year period ending in June 2011. A follow-on project is now underway and will operate until June 2015. IndII focuses primarily on water and sanitation issues and on transport by road, rail and sea, as well as a number of cross-sectoral policy issues. All of IndII’s activities are designed to build local capacity at both national and sub-national levels. IndII coordinates its efforts with other donors participating in major infrastructure projects, and promotes partnerships between government and the private sector. A selection of its current work includes incentive grants for local governments to invest in their water utility companies, assisting with the development of national master plans for ports and railways, and formulating new guidelines and procedures for the management of transport sector public service obligations.

 

 

Stakeholders Finalise Technocratic Paper for the Ministry of Transportation’s Strategic Plan
A series of events are underway to finalise the Ministry of Transportation’s (MoT) Strategic Plan (Renstra). The most recent one took place on 30–31 October at Novotel Tangerang and was attended by representatives from MoT’s Planning Bureau, all of MoT’s Directorate Generals, and several IndII consultants. Professor Suyono Dikun, IndII’s Lead Advisor for Renstra, opened the event by giving an overview of the Renstra Technocratic Paper 2015–2019 and its support to economic development, regional equality, and other related sectors such as industry, agriculture, trade, and tourism. Other members of IndII’s team gave presentations on transport sector policies; rail, land, air and sea transport; regulations, institutions, and innovative financing modalities. Presentations were followed by responses and feedback from participants. The discussion concluded with final recommendations on policy and transport sector strategy, and action plans that address strategic projects and regulations, institutions and financing. In each subsector, Echelon I personnel are expected to review and implement targets for their performance indicators, construct a logic model, and establish a list of strategic projects in their areas. The IndII team is charged with ensuring that the Renstra is synchronised with the new President’s vision, mission and development targets, and also with refining key performance indicators in line with the needs of performance information for different stakeholders’ characteristics.
Workshop Helps Grantees Get Started on the Integrated Urban Road Safety Program
IndII’s Integrated Urban Road Safety Program (IURSP) is intended to demonstrate how proper urban road infrastructure can improve safety for road users. Four cities – Medan, Pekanbaru, Bandung and Denpasar – have been selected to receive grants to improve the pedestrian and urban mobility in their respective areas. The first of a series of workshops for the grantees was held on 30-31 October in Jakarta to introduce key topics, including an IURSP overview, methods for engaging with the community, how physical works can reduce accident risk, environmental considerations, funding alternatives, and monitoring and evaluation. In addition to representatives from the four cities, including Bappeda and local departments of finance, participants came from Bappenas and the Ministries of Transport and Finance. Acting as the leader of the IURSP, Eddy Gunawan from the Ministry of Transport led lively discussions among the local governments, central government and IndII’s consultants. Three follow-up workshops conducted over the next few months.
DFAT Minister Counsellor’s Calls on the Vice Governor of South Sulawesi and the Mayor of Makassar
Steve Scott, Minister Counsellor (Political and Trade) of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), called on H. Agus Arifin Nu’mang, Vice Governor of South Sulawesi, and H. Moh. Ramdhan Pomanto, Mayor of Makassar, on 11 September 2014. An agenda item in both meetings was to showcase DFAT’s development cooperation programs - especially IndII’s ongoing water, sanitation, and transport programs - and to stress the importance of cooperation between Australia and South Sulawesi on a range of important governance, human, and economic issues. Both senior officials were very pleased with the development of these programs. The Vice Governor specifically mentioned the benefit of road safety training previously conducted in Makassar. As part of the visit, the delegation also went to Losari Wastewater Treatment Plant, which received an Australia Indonesia Infrastructure Grant for Sanitation, and the Water Hibah Site in Kecamatan Bantimurung, Kabupaten Maros.

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