Turkey eyes Indonesian infrastructure projects, new capital development

first_imgTopics : The Turkish government and businesspeople have expressed their interest in building infrastructure in Indonesia, including for the new capital city to be developed in East Kalimantan.Turkish Ambassador to Indonesia Mahmut Erol Kilic said only a few dozen Turkish companies were operating in Indonesia despite the latter being the world’s 16th biggest economy and the largest in Southeast Asia.“Of course, we have more capacity than this, especially in the field of constructon, as Turkey had really successful projects in Astana, in Doha and in many other [places],” he said during the Turkey-Indonesia contracting sector business forum, which was held online on Tuesday. “We are eager to enter the Indonesian market.” Indonesia’s infrastructure development has captivated Turkish contractors as they are eager to expand their market in Asia after being involved in many projects in Eurasia and the Middle East.“We would like to diversify our market; we would like to find new markets, and we are more focused on Indonesia and the Phillipines,” Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said in the same event.Turkish Contractor Association (TCA) data show that South Asia and Far East countries contributed only 3 percent to the more than 10,000 projects worth $403 billion in 127 countries that the association’s members have had from 1972 up until May.“We hope our contractors can take part in [more Indonesian projects], especially with regard to moving the capital city. Our engineers and constructing companies are very much willing to take part in such projects,” said Pekcan.  In addition, Turkish companies were interested in toll roads, energy facilities, waterworks and transportation-related infrastructure, he added.Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuldjono encouraged both countries to have follow-up working groups to talk further about possible cooperation, such as on the trans-Sumatra toll road and water dam projects.  “This is the opportunity for Turkish contractors to come and participate in constructing the toll road, either as contractors or as investors through public-private partnerships,” said Basuki.He also invited Turkish architects to see the new capital’s urban planning design and welcomed future discussions.Indonesian Ambassador to Turkey Lalu Muhammad Iqbal said it was the right moment to tighten bilateral ties as the Indonesia-Turkey trade volume was quite small at only $1.6 billion in 2019.Meanwhile, Investment Coordinating Board (BPKM) data show that Turkey’s total direct investment to Indonesia amounted to $24.8 million last year, placing Turkey 29th on the list of foreign direct investors. center_img Indonesia has been extensively developing infrastructure in the last five years to help support its economic growth. Public Works and Housing Ministry data show that the government has built 1,500 kilometers of new toll roads, 3,867 km of other roads, 58,346 meters of new bridges and 61 water reservoirs during the period of 2015 to 2019.According to the ministry, Indonesia plans to add 2,500 km of toll roads, 3,000 km of other roads, 60,000 m of bridges and 35,000 m of overpasses and underpasses from 2020 to 2024.Indonesia currently has 223 key national projects worth around Rp 4.2 quadrillion (US$295.25 billion) on its priority list, ranging from seaports and airports to special economic zones and priority tourist destinations. Recently, the government announced a plan to add another 89 projects to the list for the next five years. It also plans to move its capital city from Jakarta to North Penajam Paser in East Kalimantan, with construction to begin in 2021 and estimated to cost Rp 466 trillion.last_img read more

Part-time EMT’s, Paramedics sought in Batesville

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville Fire & Rescue is accepting applications for part-time EMT’s and Paramedics.Applications are available at the fire department or online here.Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be an Indiana Licensed Paramedic or Certified EMT.Applicants will be required to perform background checks, physical fitness testing, written aptitude testing, an interview process, and other testing that may be deemed appropriate.Resumes will be accepted only if accompanied by an application.  Deadline for all applications and resumes is Wednesday, August 22.Requirements:• Must be a resident citizen of the United States.• Must be 18 years old to apply.• Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate.• Cannot have a felony conviction.• Cannot have a misdemeanor conviction involving domestic violence.• Must possess a valid driver’s license.• Cannot have been dishonorably discharged from the military.Must be Indiana Licensed Paramedic or Certified EMT.• Must pass a mandatory drug screening test.last_img read more

Third hat-trick that I have missed: Poonam Yadav

first_imgSydney: Poonam Yadav led the way as India downed defending champions Australia by 17 runs in the opening match of the 2020 ICC Women’s World Cup. Poonam almost completed a hat-trick and took four wickets for 19 runs to help India succesfully defend a low target of 133.Poonam was suffering from injuries in the buildup to the tournament and she thanked her physio and teammates to help her get back to match fitness in time for the World Cup.“My physio and my teammates supported me a lot when I was injured. I bowled well against Australia here in the past so I wanted to continue that,” she said in the post-match presentation ceremony.Poonam dismissed Rachael Haynes and Australia’s star all-rounder Elysse Perry off consecutive balls and would have got the hat-trick had it not been for Taniya Bhatia dropping Jess Jonassen in what was a rare mistake from the wicketkeeper. “This is the third time that I didn’t get a hat-trick. I am thankful to my teammates as it is not easy to come back after an injury,” she said. IANSAlso Read: Poonam Yadav spins India to win over Australia in openerAlso Watch: Oil India Ltd (OIL) confers Shikshya Ratna Puraskar 2019 to Teachers in Duliajanlast_img read more

Ghana offers assistance for incipient local oil & gas sector

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo presented Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo with a book on Guyana’s history during a courtesy call at the Marriott Hotel on TuesdayThe Republic of Ghana has committed to lending assistance to Guyana as the country prepares for first oil early next year – an offer which the Coalition government and the Opposition both welcomes.This commitment was made by President Nana Akufo-Addo, who is on a two-day visit, first, during a meeting with President David Granger and then again at a luncheon at State House on Tuesday.“We’ve heard the good news too of the recent discoveries of large deposits of oil and gas offshore Guyana. We should explore promptly the possibility of establishing a joint vehicle to assist in the effect and efficient management of oil and gas revenues. With our experiences, I believe Ghana is well equipped to share with you the dos and don’ts in the area, and make available fee-free quality technical assistance to you. Hopefully, the proper management of the new revenue will help finance the spectacular development of Guyana,” President Akufo-Addo stated after speaking about Ghana’s own discoveries.This commitment was reiterated during a subsequent meeting with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday afternoon.Following the brief engagement, Jagdeo told reporters that he welcomes this announcement, noting the importance of getting first-hand advice.“I said to the (Ghanaian) President, we appreciate his offer to share their experience and some of their technical advice on issues that they’ve had to deal with because it’s important that we have perspective from a practitioner country, developing country and not just from consultants,” he positedThe Opposition Leader added that after enquiring about the impending elections, the Ghanaian Head of State assured that his commitments are beyond political parties.“(He) said that the offer is to Guyana and not to any political party. We expressed our appreciation for that because even if the PPP were to get into office, we would still need to get support from like-minded countries and Ghana has always been a good political partner,” Jagdeo said.Earlier in the day, Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, had told reporters that this offer of assistance to develop the local oil and gas industry augurs well for Guyana.“What they did was to commit to pay the salaries, the transportation and everything to get the people here and all we will need to do is to find accomodation for them… We’re talking about capabilty building, we’re talking about the capacity of the Department of Energy. Ultiamtely, the President (Granger) has spoken about the establishment of a Minsitry of Energy and so this is really going to require an expanded of talent, of persons and their skills and so on. So these are things that we’re looking at right now,” the government’s spoke’s person posited.Currently, the budding oil and gas industry is being governed by the Department of Energy within the Ministry of the Presidency.Only last month, a large high-level Ghanaian delegation was in Guyana to engage local stakeholders on areas of mutual interest in the oil and gas sector, among others. The more than 15-member team, led by Ghana’s Energy Minister and Deputy Minister of Petroleum Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, had met with Director of Energy Dr. Mark Bynoe and his team.However, while Ghana is ready to help Guyana, the West African State’s own petroleum industry, still young, has not had the best record with the country failing to use its oil boon to avert the economic crisis and deprivations its people are currently facing.Ghana has been producing and exporting crude oil since 2011 having discovered the resource in commercial quantities back in 2007. However, the country’s financial standing has taken a hit in recent years as prices for its main export products, including oil, have fallen.Nevertheless, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that Ghana’s economy will grow at 8.8 percent in 2019, pegging the country to be the fastest-growing economy in the world this year.Having made 13 discoveries of commercial oil in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana, ExxonMobil is preparing to commence production in the first quarter of 2020. The US oil giant has announced an estimated recoverable resource of approximately 5.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels on the Stabroek Block.last_img read more