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Namur, Bandung ink sister-city partnership

VOI 11.10.2017, 13.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT +7

The mayors of two cities, Bandung in West Java Province and Namur in Belgium, have established a "sister-city" partnership to improve cooperation in the economy, education, culture, and environment sectors.  After signing the memorandum of understanding, Monday, Namur City Mayor Maxime Prevot informed Antara London that the sister-city agreement has bridged the gap between the two regions for developing more partnerships in future. Meanwhile, Bandung City Mayor Ridwan Kamil stated soon after arriving at the Brussels Airport that he had outlined three missions in Belgium.The missions include the signing of a sister-city partnership agreement with Namur, launching the "Little Bandung," a center to promote Indonesian products crafted by small- and middle-scale enterprises, and participating in the Europalia festival to be held this month in Belgium. Ridwan Kamil further noted that the plan to develop the Little Bandung business center was first discussed during the visit of Princess Astrid Jisephine from the Kingdom of Belgium to Bandung last year. Some major products, such as jewelry, batik fabric, footwear, crafts, and traditional dishes, were showcased to the public at the business center// Voi.ANT


Indonesia Aims to Finish First Phase of Key Java Rail Line by 2019

---- Indonesia aims to finish the first phase of construction on a multi-billion dollar rail project linking the capital Jakarta to the country's second-biggest city of Surabaya in East Java by 2019, Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said. In a message posted to his Twitter account, Budi Karya said the government wanted construction of the "semi-fast" rail link connecting Jakarta to Semarang, the capital of Central Java, to be completed by 2019 and track work on to Surabaya to be finished by 2021. Indonesia and Japan agreed to initial discussions on the project in January during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's state visit to Jakarta, but it was not clear if a Japanese company would be involved in building the railway.The Jakarta-Surabaya rail project, which aims to more than halve journey times on the 600 km route to around five hours and would mostly involve upgrading an existing line, the minister said. Meanwhile, progress on the 150 km Jakarta-Bandung rail link has been slow. A consortium of Indonesian and Chinese companies building the railway signed a $4.5 billion loan with China Development Bank on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing in May, nearly two years after the project was awarded//   Voi.JG


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