Two of French companies introduced their innovative solutions for infrastructure development and share experiences of best practices as well as the benefits in implementing up-to-date technologies adapted to the Indonesian environment and challenges.
MATIERE® is a French engineering and construction company specialized in permanent steel bridges and pre-cast concrete products for underpasses and road/rail tunnels. MATIERE® is an internationally recognized firm with operations in Asia, Europa, Africa and the Americas. In Asia and the Pacific, MATIERE® is building 500 bridges for the Government of the Philippines and has on-going projects in Papua New-Guinea and Laos.
Egis, is an international group offering global engineering services (study, design, project management and supervision) for building and infrastructure (transportation, urban development, water, environment and energy) also investment and operation of toll road and airport projects.
The lack of (quality) infrastructure has been hampering Indonesia's economic and social development for many years. Whether it is 'hard' infrastructure (such as roads, airports and electricity supply) or 'soft' infrastructure (such as social welfare and health care) Indonesia seems to have a hard time pursuing a more efficient and competitive path of economic development. The infrastructure's expansion has not been able to keep up with robust macroeconomic expansion since recovery from the crisis in the late 1990s, hence economic growth cannot yet reach its full potential. It is estimated that when Indonesia would possess an adequate infrastructure its gross domestic product (GDP) could grow between seven and nine percent annually, instead of the current rate of 6.0 - 6.5 percent maximum.
The lack of adequate infrastructure causes Indonesia's logistics costs to rise steeply, which reduce the country's competitiveness and attractiveness of the overall investment climate. Indonesia has eased regulations to make the infrastructure sector more investor-friendly, such as an amending the law on public-private partnerships and passing a new Land Acquisition Law.
Didie W. Soewondo, Vice Chairman of Kadin Indonesia said "KADIN Indonesia is committed to support the Government of Indonesia in accelerating the infrastructure development in Indonesia. Our seminar today is part of our ongoing support to find best solution to answer the urgencies of infrastructure development in Indonesia".
Maxi Gunawan, Vice Chairman of SBS Asia said "SBS Asia committed to provide cutting edge European technologies for the development of Indonesia's economy, through knowledge and technology transfer. We introduce Matiere in Indonesia to help support the Indonesia's national infrastructure development effort though advance and adaptable technology".
Herve Blanc, Chief Financial Officer of MATIERE® said "With Indonesia's current infrastructure development plan, we believe that MATIERE® will play an important role to provide advanced and competitive technical solutions to enable the development of critical transport infrastructure in Indonesia; particularly in unlocking provinces in Indonesia and access to remote areas. We are also eager to build a long-standing and fruitful business relation with Indonesia, MATIERE® is looking for opportunities for partnership with Indonesian government and private sectors".
Jean-Emmanuel Seixas, Chief Executive Officer Egis Indonesia said "A good infrastructure project is a project which is delivered on time and within the budget. For complex projects, this is only achievable if enough time and budget are dedicated to appropriate engineering studies. In this regard, Egis provides a multidisciplinary and integrated approach based on the state of the art of international know-how, combined with local content, and tailored to the Indonesian context."
The seminar "Building Indonesian's Economy through Advanced Infrastructure Solutions" aims at:
Identifying and informing about opportunities available in infrastructure development and what is needed to make the projects running;Sharing international best practice solutions with Indonesian companies and political decision-makers;Jointly discussing scenarios and options for implementing adequate and smart technologies for overcoming the most pressing bottlenecks to help accelerate Indonesia's economy that include, opening access in provinces and remote areas.
At least 100 Indonesian and international business representatives, government officials (Ministry of Public Works) and representatives of the civil society had attended the event.