Jakarta governor optimistic giant sea wall to start in 2013

VOI NEWS 16.00 WIB, GMT+7, 12-02-2013

Jakarta - Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, Jokowi, is optimistic that the construction of giant sea wall to prevent sea water inland will start this year. The governor said at the City Hall in Jakarta on Monday (11/2) that this giant sea wall project should not be delayed anymore. According to Jokowi, the giant sea wall is important for Jakarta because the sea water continues to rise, while the ground level is decreasing. Jokowi said the construction of 32 kilometer-long giant sea wall will cost an estimated Rp100 trillion. There are a number of investors who wanted to join the project until today. Jokowi said all the studies related to giant sea wall are still ongoing, both in terms of technical, economic and environmental aspects. The idea of the Giant Sea Wall project came from former Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo to address flooding in Jakarta, especially in the northern area of the capital city.// The giant sea wall is expected to protect the capital from flooding up to a thousand years. To carry out the project, the Jakarta provincial administration will work with a number of agencies, including the Ministry of Public Works and the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas). /////antara

Indonesia, Germany discuss boosting trade

Jakarta - Indonesia and Germany are discussing and have agreed on intensive efforts to increase the two countries` trade value to US$12 billion by 2015. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said when receiving German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at the former’s office in Jakarta on Monday (11/2) said the target is achievable as there are still a lot of opportunities that the two countries could take and optimize. He referred to exports of the country’s natural resources such as palm oil, natural rubber and copper as an example. He said Indonesia also could still increase its imports of machinery, electronic devices, motor vehicles` parts and accessories. Germany has considered Indonesia as a strategic business partner as the country has not been significantly affected by the recent crisis in Europe.//////antara

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