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The World Bank is urging the government to promote public-private collaboration

The World Bank is urging the government to promote public-private collaboration to foster “inclusive urbanization.” Stephanie von Friedeburg, chief operating officer at the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation, “said during the 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank that mayors and their local administrations could not face the challenges alone. (…) Von Friedeburg explained, while the government could enforce smarter regulations, the private sector could also finance infrastructure projects through instruments such as green bonds or public-private partnerships.” National Development Planning Board head Bambang Brodjonegoro advocated for “responsive” regulations. “Research organization McKinsey Global Institute director Jonathan Woetzel concurred, saying that technology could be a tool and an enabler to reduce negative externalities caused by urbanization.”

Government seeks more PPP funds

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati says the government is pursuing ‘public-private partnerships’ “The Finance Ministry has decided to enhance the role of public-private partnerships (PPP) to boost the construction of public facilities and export financing as it announced on Monday infrastructure projects set to be financed through the scheme. Sri Mulyani, a former WB managing director, assigned four of the Finance Ministry-backed financing firms to help mediate funds from the government and the private sector, and plan their utilization for eight infrastructure projects.”

Ministry offers Komodo Airport for private concession

The transportation ministry has offered Komodo airport for a private concession. “Wisnu Wijaya Soedibjo, acting deputy for investment at the Coordinating Investment Board (BKPM), said the government was offering a 25-year concession contract worth Rp 1.17 trillion (US$78.5 million) and an additional Rp 1.83 trillion for operational expenditure. ‘The PPP will not only help solve the government's budget limitations, but will also allow private firms with more experience and expertise to manage infrastructure projects more efficiently,’ he said during Komodo Airport's market sounding seminar in Jakarta.”