-2013 September 9, Indonesia

Name/Title Japan-Indonesia Construction Vice-Ministerial Meeting
Venue: Country,City Jakarta, Indonesia
Date September 9, 2013

On September 9, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and Minister of Public Works, Republic of Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding on partnership in the field of social capital improvements.

In this memorandum, Japan and Indonesia agreed to promote cooperation on information exchange through workshops and on research and studies by dispatching experts in the following six fields: 1) water resources, flood and erosion controls and water supply, 2) sewage treatments and rainwater drainage, 3) roads and bridges, 4) buildings, 5) spatial planning, and 6) disaster prevention.

The signing ceremony was followed by the "1st Japan-Indonesia Construction Vice-Ministerial Meeting," which was an activity based on the memorandum. In the morning plenary meeting, the participants gave presentations and held discussions on three topics: "utilization of underground space", "life cycle costs and maintenance management of infrastructure", and "disaster prevention".

In the afternoon, individual working groups were held in five fields: erosion control, water resources, sewage systems, roads, and buildings. Information was exchanged on developments, problems and technologies in both countries.

In the erosion control working group, the participants gave presentations and exchanged opinions on the topic of countermeasures that can be taken by industries and governments against large-scale sediment disasters. While exchanging opinions, the members discussed a division of the roles played by central and local governments and human resource development, as well as the response after the eruption of Mt. Merapi, including a review of the project. In the end, moreover, it was confirmed that both countries would continue to have partnership on research and studies, human resource development and countermeasure developments, etc. in the field of sediment disasters, and aim for further advancement in technologies.

Photo1. Signing the memorandum of understanding

Photo2. The erosion control working group