World Bank to support rapid bus transport projects in Medan, Bandung
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The World Bank is committed to supporting the public transport program in metropolitan cities in Indonesia. In the first phase, the World Bank will support rapid bus transport or BRT projects in Bandung and Medan.
“In the development of urban transport, the role of the World Bank, in collaboration with other donor agencies, is to help the Indonesian government to prepare a national public transport program,” said the transport engineer of World Bank, Amilia Aldian, at an online seminar entitled âBetter Business Case Virtual Award Ceremonyâ. , held on Wednesday October 6.
In addition to the two cities, the World Bank will support Indonesia’s efforts to expand public transport in six metropolitan cities.
“We have engaged with other donor agencies to support the implementation of national public transport,” said Aldian.
The World Bank, Aldian said, hopes that a mechanism will be created between central and regional governments to carry out the financing of public and urban transport.
Meanwhile, National Development Planning Minister and Head of Bappenas, Suharso Monoarfa Suharso, said the government continues to pursue economic transformation to achieve Indonesia’s goal of becoming a high income per capita country. by 2045.
One of these efforts involves the development of infrastructure, including transport. However, he acknowledged that the infrastructure development program has been hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has also forced the government to refocus the state budget and delay various projects that were due to take place in 2021.
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