Indonesian President Joko Widodo has confirmed that Indonesia wants to participate in infrastructure development in Sri Lanka and will provide total assistance, especially to develop Sri Lanka’s railway sector.
Indonesian President, who is on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka, offered Indonesia’s assistance during a breakfast meeting with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees in Colombo on Thursday (25).
PM Wickremesinghe welcoming Indonesia’s desire to participate in infrastructure development in Sri Lanka said while state budget is very limited for infrastructure development the projects can be financed through Public Private Partnerships.
President Widodo has affirmed that he will provide total assistance from Indonesia for development of Sri Lanka Railway and that he will be sending a group of Indonesian experts to Sri Lanka in the near future for preparing an initial feasibility report.
The Prime Minister said an inquiry was also made into the possibility of providing priority, especially to sectors, such as water and water supply as well as roadways and the Indonesian President stated that they are eager to join in tasks of developing infrastructure in Sri Lanka.
During the bilateral discussions held between the Indonesian and Sri Lankan Presidents yesterday, Sri Lanka has agreed to purchase train carriages from Indonesia.
Sri Lanka’s Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has said that in the first phase Sri Lanka will buy 60 train carriages.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has said that President Widodo encourages Indonesian state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to be given a role to participate in infrastructure development in Sri Lanka and Indonesian state-owned companies have made contact with several partners in Sri Lanka and showed interest.