The nation is benefiting from efficient and accelerated infrastructure development throughout the country.
According to the Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018 report released by the World Economic Forum in September, the country’s competitive capabilities have increased from 41st place in 2016 to 36th this year.
Infrastructure was used as one of the measuring standards for competitive capabilities on the index.
Why the country’s infrastructure development capabilities were seen to have improved is evident from all the strides the government has made this year.
For example, the Bekasi-Cawang-Kampung Melayu toll road (often referred to as “Becakayu”), despite having stopped development for two decades, was finally made operational in November.
Abandoned electricity poles are no longer a sight to be seen since PT Waskita Toll Road acquired PT Kresna Kusuma Dyandra Marga and began work on toll roads in early 2015. Since then, work on these abandoned roll roads have resumed.
By the start of 2019, it is expected that residents of Jakarta will be able to enjoy the benefits of the city’s mass rapid transit (MRT), the first of its kind in the country.
With higher productivity comes higher budget demands.
As years pass, the state budget for infrastructure has increasingly become larger. What used to be Rp 154.7 trillion in 2014 has grown to Rp 401.1 trillion in 2017.
In total, 865 kilometers of new roads, 25-km of toll roads, 8,695 meters of bridges, 620-km of railway track, eight airports and others are set to be built for the prosperity of the nation.