Kalla, ADB discuss infrastructure development

Jakarta (Antara News) - On the sidelines of the 2006 infrastructure summit here on Thursday, Vice President Jusuf Kalla took a few moments of his time to discuss infrastructure development with the leader of the Asian Develoment Bank (ADB), coordinating minister for economy Boediono said.

"Kalla and the ADB leader discussed what the the ADB could do to help Indonesia in the future, especially in building infrastructure," Boediono said after accompanying the vice president in the meeting with the ADB chief executive.

The minister added that the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) would draw up an oultline of the position of ADB as part of Indonesia`s infrastructure development strategy.

Commenting on the fund borrowed from the ADB through the state budget, Boediono said it would be spent on non-commercial infrastructure projects. However, the amount of the ADB loan had yet to be fixed.

Meanwhile, Minister/Chairman of the National Development Planning Board Paskah Suzetta said the obstacle facing the government is the wish of the donor parties that the projects be built under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme.

But the government insisted that the realization of the projects involve state-owned companies. (*)
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