Addressing the infrastructure deficit in Indonesia and beyond

A train loaded with passengers arrives at the Tebet station in Jakarta during rush hour on 18 January 2012. The private sector could play an important role in building and operating such critical infrastructure. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Herfan Brilianto, Jakarta

The size of the infrastructure challenge across Asia is daunting. A 2009 Asian Development Bank Institute study showed that between 2010 and 2020 Asia needs to invest about US$8 trillion — or US$750 billion per year — just to keep up with expected infrastructure needs. In the four years since that study was published, economies have struggled to attract investments large enough to make any inroads into growing infrastructure deficits. Read more…

Finance ministers in APEC

Australian finance minister Penny Wong looks at other participants of a press conference after the plenary session of the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Moscow, Russia, on 30 August 2012. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Herfan Brilianto, Jakarta 

Indonesia assumes the 2013 APEC chair as the Asia Pacific economy faces a challenging 12 months.

Indonesia’s choice of APEC theme, ‘Resilient Asia-Pacific: Engine of Global Growth’, reflects concern over downside risks that need to be managed if the regional economy is to achieve sustainable growth. Read more…