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.
IndII held two workshops in Jakarta on 17 and 18 February 2014 as part of its capacity building work in the port sector. In keeping with the National Ports Master Plan, the Directorate General of Sea Transportation (DGST) is improving national port capacity and efficiency by encouraging competitive private sector participation. With IndII support, DGST is preparing a master plan and pre-feasibility a New Makassar Port that will serve as a model for other port administrations when they develop Public Private Partnerships. The workshops in Jakarta covered demand forecasting techniques and operations analysis and capacity assessment, and are part of series designed to help the Makassar Port Authority and DGST review options for private sector participation and to prepare a sound business case for PPP procurement. Sixty-two attendees from Jakarta and Makassar discussed challenges and explored strategies related to topics such as tariff policy and penetration factors for container terminals. Four future workshops will cover additional subjects related to port development.
The IndII team completed a "lessons learned" workshop on 13–14 February 2014, led by IndII’s M&E Consultant, Ty Morrissey. The purpose of the event was to consider what IndII has achieved over the past five years, what IndII has done very well, and what could have been done better; and to present some ideas and strategies for strengthening the remainder of the program. On the first day, program officers and other key staff (Communications, M&E and Cross-Cutting teams) developed a series of key lessons from a technical, managerial and strategic perspective. These were shared with the IndII senior management team and technical directors, who went through a similar process on the second day. The final product is a series of key lessons, such as how crucial stakeholder engagement and local knowledge are to program success. These lessons are shared, owned and addressed by the IndII team moving forward. A final dissemination workshop will be held with the IndII team to communicate the general findings. Results will also be shared with key stakeholders.
The Ministry of Transportation (MoT) organised a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on 6-8 February 2014 to obtain input for a Background Paper that MoT is preparing with IndII assistance. MoT recognises that the infrastructure needed to move people, goods and services efficiently throughout Indonesia is not yet in place. The next five-year strategic plan (Renstra) for 2015-2019 is therefore of critical importance. The new Renstra offers an opportunity to create and commit to an integrated framework for transport planning, financing, implementation and delivery. The Background Paper being prepared is part of the process of developing the Renstra.
The FGD, the fourth one that has been held, was opened by Elly Sinaga, Head of Research and Development at MoT. She delivered opening remarks to 37 participants from all MoT units and IndII. She stressed that the non-linear planning required by the Renstra is a daunting challenge, and that it is not realistic to achieve all transport planning objectives within the next five to ten years. Prioritisation is the keyword to make Renstra 2015-2019 successful.
Albert Situmorang, Head of MoT’s Planning Bureau, also spoke, encouraging his sub-sector colleagues to make use of up-to-date information as they prepare their plans, and to be mindful the challenge of integrating objectives across a wide spectrum of divisions and sub-sectors.
MoT will hold several more FGDs in the near future to solicit inputs from stakeholders in other regions of Indonesia.
The theme of the January 2014 Prakarsa is "Development Planning 2015–2019”. Feature articles discuss opportunities for the Indonesian Government to promote infrastructure development through the upcoming Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Nasional, Indonesia’s medium term development plan. Articles address this subject from the perspective of transport, water and sanitation, and crosscutting concerns. The January edition also introduces IndII “Briefing Notes” and takes a look at how life has improved in two Indonesian villages as a result of output-based aid to the water sector funded by the Government of Australia....
Summary: THANKS TO THE SUCCESS of IndII’s Water and Sanitation Hibah programs to date, additional programming that builds on initial successes is now being implemented. The activities, to be completed by 2015, are significant in scale: an anticipated A$ 90 million for Water Hibah grants in up to 100 or more Local Governments (LGs); A$ 5 million for the Sanitation Hibah for new household connections; and A$ 40 Million in Australia In-donesia Infrastructure Grants for Sanitation (sAIIG) to reach as many as 50 LGs. Goals of the programs include: greater use...
Summary: The Government of Indonesia is now hard at work on its Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Nasional (RPJMN, or National Medium Term Development Plan) for the period 2015–2019. This is the third five-year plan that is part of a larger, 20-year planning effort first undertaken in 2005. The 20-year planning effort sees the Indonesia of 2025 as a competitive country with integrated, reliable transport networks and adequate water and sanitation infrastructure for all citizens. Much work remains to be done to achieve this vision, and the next RPJMN will serve as...