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World Bank Lend Funds for Tourism Infrastructure Development in Indonesia

by Sebastianus Epifany Friday, January 13, 2017 - 14:58

JAKARTA - The World Bank will provide loans worth US $ 6 million dollars to study the development master design of three tourism destinations in Indonesia. This is confirmed by the Head of the Regional Infrastructure Development (BPIW) Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (KEMENPUPR) Rido Matari Ichwan.

Rido Ichwan Matari explained that the loan can be disbursed after signing the contract for the three tourism development areas of study which includes Mandalika in Nusa Tenggara Barat, Borobudur in Central Java and Lake Toba in North Sumatra. Therefore KEMENPUPR is now auctioning the production of integrated master plan involving international consultants.

As reported from today (13/01/2017), Rido was targeting the contract for the study of the three areas of tourism and tourism management contract can be signed simultaneously in April. "The funds that have been confirmed are ready to be disbursed by the World Bank in this year is US$ 6 million first. Meanwhile for development program will be used state/regional (APBN/APBD,-ed) budget first, it will be reimbursed with the loan," he said.

Besides preparing the master plan, KEMENPUPR also will conduct infrastructure construction for that three tourism development areas. Special for Mandalika infrastructure which planned to build a bypass, Rido explain, "The study for Mandalika bypass construction to the airport was still carried out, but it certainly will be built because it is important."

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