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Indonesia's Desire for Building Sri Lanka's Infrastructure

by Sebastianus Epifany Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 14:43

COLOMBO - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) expressed Indonesia's desire to participate in infrastructure development in Sri Lanka. He conveyed this directly to Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during a breakfast meal at Temple Trees, while visiting Sri Lanka.

"Indonesia's state-owned companies have made contacts including for the construction of flyovers, connecting the New Kelani Bridge - Rajagiriya bridge," said President Jokowi, as reported from setkab.go.id (25/1/2018).

President Jokowi also expressed Indonesia's desire for the cooperation of train procurement can be followed up immediately. He revealed that Sri Lanka's Transport and Civil Aviation Minister has said yesterday, for the first phase Sri Lanka will buy 60 cars.

"The technical team will discuss the procurement of train carriages so it can be realized," said President Jokowi.

PM Wickremesinghe welcomes Indonesia's desire to participate in infrastructure development in Sri Lanka. Moreover, the state budget of Sri Lanka is very limited.

"We support the desire of Indonesia, we can explore through the financing of Public-Private Partnership," said PM Wickremesinghe.

After breakfast, President Jokowi and Mrs Iriana will continue their journey to New Delhi, India using the Presidential plane of Indonesia-1 through Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka.

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