RI, Japan to renegotiate MRT project

Jakarta (Antara News) - Indonesia and Japan will renegotiate the terms and conditions for the implementation of a mass rapid tranport (MRT) project in Jakarta with the possibility that a minimum of 30 percent of the materials used in the work would be obtained locally, a cabinet minister said.

"There will be a renegotiation. We welcome it," National Development Planning Minister Paskah Suzetta said here on Monday after a coordination meeting on infrastruture development at the finance ministry.

He said Indonesia was hoping more than the usual amount of locally made materials or goods would be used in the project and that the hope had been conveyed to the Japanese ambassador to Indonesia.

Paskah said the project would be one of the issues to be discussed in the upcoming visit to Japan by Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

Regarding funding for the MRT design and enginering services, he said, it would come from home. He said he hoped the Jakarta city administration would finance it because the central government was fully relying on the city administration regarding the funding of the project.

He said the central governmetn would only facilitate and supervise it.

He said still if funding for the project could be approved this year the project could not as yet be carried out in 2007 but would be done in 2008.(*)

May 22 21:30
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