The Infrastructure Conundrum: What Lies Ahead For Indonesia?

The Indonesian landscape provides a highly challenging backdrop for infrastructure development. With its vast tropical forest and volcanoes peppered throughout the country, Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago with over 17,000 islands, which span 5,000 kilometres. However, a lack of adequate infrastructure implies that the economy runs in a highly inefficient manner. Creating feasible infrastructure has always been a challenge in Indonesia especially when it needs to cover widespread islands stretching from Sabang to Merauke. Whether it is ‘hard’ infrastructure (such as roads, airports and electricity supply) or ‘soft’ infrastructure (social welfare and healthcare), Indonesia seems to be having a tough time pushing for development. In 2017, under the leadership of President Joko Widodo, the development plan is set to prioritise on infrastructure to create connectivity throughout Indonesia. For this edition of Construction+ Indonesia we pick the brains of three seasoned panellists—Davy Sukamta (DS), Carunia Mulia Firdausy (CMF) and Wahyu Utomo (WU)—to find out their thoughts on creating adequate infrastructure in Indonesia.

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