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The Indonesia Transport Leaders Press Forum -

Singapore, 11 December 2012 - Sphere Conferences hosted a media conference for the mega transportation conference, “The Future Transport Asia 2013” in Hotel Mulia, Jakarta on 6 December 2012. 

The media conference titled “The Indonesia Transport Leaders Press Forum” brought together the policy makers from various ministries, government authorities, transport industry players, and members of the local and foreign media, to address ways to improve and create synergy between the different ministries in the coming years so as to push the infrastructure plan forward and attract foreign investors to Indonesia.

The media conference commenced with the welcome address by the Chairman of Sphere Conferences, Mr Chua Wee Phong, followed by Dr Bambang Susantono, Vice Minister at the Ministry of Transportation, Indonesia. 

The highlight of the event was the panel forum by four distinguished speakers - 
Dr Bambang Susantono, Vice Minister at the Ministry of Transportation, Indonesia; Mr Luky Eko Wuryanto, Deputy for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Ministry of Economic Affairs; Mr Djoko Murjanto, Director General of Highways, Ministry of Public Works; and Mrs Farah Ratnadewi Indriani, Deputy Chairman of Investment Climate & Development, BKPM. 

The scope of the panel forum centres on how transportation fits into the overall strategy to grow the national economy, the on-going new infrastructure projects and how Indonesia can attract foreign investment for these key infrastructure projects. The forum also addressed the issue of bottlenecks in the transportation and infrastructure projects in the recent years which was highlighted by the attending participants. 

Discussions were focused around issues related to the stringent regulations and lack of coordination among the ministries. This has caused many projects to be delayed.

Dr Bambang Susantono 
made an analysis between planned and realised infrastructure projects from 2011 to 2012. Up till July 2012, 72 infrastructure projects are realised with USD31billion allocated to these projects, with 110 planned projects and USD82.5billion committed to these projects.

According to Dr Bambang Susantono, being the 16
th largest economy in the world today, Indonesia aims to become the ninth largest in 2030. The development and improvement of the transportation infrastructure and network was considered key to meeting this national goal. 

The forum concluded with an update on airport construction plans in Indonesia, with focus on the development of smaller airports in the outskirts of Indonesia.

Future Transport Asia will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 25-27 June 2013. 

(L-R) Jakarta Globe Group Editor-in-Chief Mr Shoeb K Zainuddin; Mr Djoko Murjanto Director General of Highways Ministry of Public Works; Dr Bambang Susantono Vice Minister of Ministry of Transportation Indonesia; Mr Luky Eko Wuryanto Deputy for Infrastructure and Regional Development Ministry of Economic Affairs and Mrs Farah Ratnadewi Indriani, Deputy Chairman of Investment Climate & Development, BKPM during the panel forum.

Dr Bambang Susantono and Mr Chua Wee Phong at the ribbon cutting session to commemorate the partnership between Ministry of Transportation and SPHERE Conferences for the launch of the Indonesia Transport Leaders Press Forum.

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Ms Zhu Jiahui
Marketing Executive 
Sphere Conferences
Tel: (65) 6848 6052

Ms Juliah Theresa Jailani
Project Manager
Sphere Conferences
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Mr Yeo Siew Chi
Corporate Communications 
Singapore Press Holdings 
Tel: (65) 6319 1586

About Ministry of Transportation, Republic of Indonesia

The Department of Transportation has been built since the early period of Indonesia’s Independence which is formed based on the period of the Republic of Indonesia’s cabinet.

The duty of Ministry of Transportation Republic of Indonesia is to assist President in performing government duties in the field of transportation. The vision is realisation of the implementation of a reliable transport service, competitive and provide value-added.

The functions include:

    · National policy formulation, policy implementation and technical policies in the fields of transportation;
      · The implementation of government in the field of transportation;

      · Management of properties / assets under the responsibility of the Ministry of Transportation;

      · Supervision and implementation of tasks in the field of transportation;

      · Submitting the evaluation report, suggestion and consideration in the field of tasks and functions of the fields of transportation to the President;

Their mission is to maintain the level of service facilities and communications facilities; implementing consolidation through restructuring and reform in the field of transportation infrastructure; increasing community access to transportation services; and improving the quality of communications services that are reliable and provide added value.

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About Sphere Conferences

Sphere Conferences is the conference arm of Singapore Press Holdings. It produces conferences that are of the highest quality that brings inspiration, innovation and value to customers. Sphere Conferences’ purpose is to empower customers with big and fresh ideas and key lasting relationships that will enable them to excel in their chosen markets, by providing unique networking and learning platforms whereby they can learn, network and do business.

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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 2.92 million individuals or 74 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.


In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp.

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPH MediaBoxOffice.


SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.

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