300 Million Dollar Loan from the World Bank: For What?

Following the agreement between the World Bank and the Government of Indonesia in 2018 to develop the tourism sector in Indonesia, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) through the Regional Infrastructure Development Agency (BPIW) affirmed their commitment in implementing the Indonesia Tourism Development Project (ITDP).

The World Bank has agreed to disburse funds of up to 300 million US dollars. The full use of these funds will be allocated to four components, which are: increasing institutional capacity to facilitate integrated and sustainable tourism development, improving road quality and access to basic services in selected tourist areas, local participation in the economy, and improving a conducive environment for private investment and business in the tourism sector.

The four components mentioned above have their own budgets. The first component will receive an allocation of 22 million US dollars, the second component will receive 239.6 million US dollars, the third component will receive 37.1 million US dollars, and the fourth component will receive 1.3 million US dollars.

The Head of BPIW, Rachman Arief Dienaputra, hopes that the loans provided can be realized in accordance with the objectives of developing the tourism areas.

According to Kuswardono as Head of Region II PUPR Infrastructure Development Center, ITDP activities have been carried out optimally so far. Kuswardono hopes that all efforts in ITDP activities can provide benefits in the development of the tourism sector in Indonesia, especially the priority locations that have been previously determined, including Lake Toba, Borobudur-Yogyakarta-Prambanan, Lombok, Bromo-Tengger-Semeru, Labuan Bajo, and Wakatobi.

Source: antaranews.com