Indonesia realizes infrastructure cooperation with Afghanistan

Jakarta, Sep 2 (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian government has realized infrastructure cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works of Afghanistan,

The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) held an International Workshop on Infrastructure Development for Afghanistan: Sharing Best Practices to Achieve SDGs for five days, from August 27 to 31, 2018, the ministry said in a written statement received by Antara here, Sunday.

The workshop was attended by nine participants from Afghanistan, most of them policy makers. It aims to encourage and enhance friendship and solidarity between the two countries and share experiences that can contribute to the development of roads and public settlements in Afghanistan.

Charge dAffaires at the Afghan Embassy Zalmai Wafamal said Afghanistan lauded its longstanding friendship with Indonesia.

“It is difficult to realize the development of a country without the support of adequate infrastructure facilities. Indonesia is one of the countries that has consistently supported development through various cooperation partnerships on capacity building,” Zalmai said.

The workshop was held in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten. The location has an advantage of accessibility through out-of-town toll roads, and therefore it was used for a field trip to review the construction of the Kunciran-Serpong toll road. The participants also visited PT. Marga Trans Nusantara (MTN).

During the workshop, the participants learned theories and observed some infrastructure development works. Among the theories were about infrastructure policy, toll road investment, project management recycling, construction management, road construction processes, and pavement technology.

The Director of Public Works for Maidan Wardak region, Afghanistan, Ajmal Wahidi, said that there were many similarities in terms of steps and infrastructure development handling between Indonesia and Afghanistan.

However, Indonesia is considered superior in terms of the use of heavy equipment infrastructure with special specifications that Afghanistan does not have.

For this reason, the workshop has established a network of the Ministry of Public Works of the two countries. The network allows participants to share information about machinery and maintenance procedures.

Afghanistan is one of Indonesias priorities in technical cooperation. From 2006 to 2017, the Indonesian government held 50 capacity building programs attended by 419 participants from Afghanistan.

Some programs that the Indonesian government has provided for Afghanistan cover the fields of agriculture, health, diplomatic courses, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), good governance, education, disaster risk management, infrastructure, education , police, and multimedia.

In 2018, the Indonesian government organized training on capacity building in the fields of SMEs and small industries attended by five participants from Afghanistan.

Source: ANTARA News