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Statement January 1, 2019

Indonesia: World Bank Statement

We became aware that in recent days an outdated internal World Bank report examining Indonesia’s Infrastructure Planning & Budgeting Processes has been the subject of discussion in social and other media in the country.  We would like to clarify that this report was (a) completed in 2014 before President Joko Widodo took office, (b) aimed at describing the state of infrastructure planning and budgeting processes at that time, and (c) intended for internal World Bank use only and uploaded by clerical mistake in one of our websites in June 2018.

Accordingly, the report is obsolete as it does not cover substantial reforms made since its completion almost five years ago – including several important new regulations.

There is a substantial volume of up-to-date analysis on the subject reflecting the substantial progress made over the last few years in infrastructure development and identifying opportunities for continued improvement.  This analysis includes joint work by Indonesia’s key ministries and agencies and the World Bank.

Infrastructure development is a crucial element for Indonesia progress and, as such, it deserves to be at the center of the public policy dialogue in the country. It is essential, therefore, that the conversation on the subject is based on current analysis and evidence.



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