20 June 2013 — Victorian premier Denis Napthine says a new Victoria-Indonesia infrastructure partnership forged at a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Workshop in Jakarta on Wednesday will strengthen the State’s reputation as a centre for planning and construction, and boost collaboration on overseas projects.

Speaking at the workshop as part of a Victorian Government Super Trade Mission to South East Asian, Premier Denis Napthine said Victoria presented a strong and compelling message to the Indonesian Government that our local industry could help deliver Indonesia’s pressing infrastructure needs.

Dr Napthine said Victoria had long been recognised as a global leader in the planning and delivery of PPPs and was well placed to provide expertise to the Indonesian market.

“The Indonesian Government is delivering an ambitious PPP agenda, worth a total of US$50 billion to 2014,” Dr Napthine said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government will assist by partnering with leading Victorian businesses and the University of Melbourne to train Indonesian policy makers in PPP delivery.

“Securing this partnership to train Indonesian and work with Government officials is an important first step to building a long-term partnership with the Indonesian Government on infrastructure delivery.

“This collaboration will lead to real business opportunities for Victorian planning, construction, financing, legal and management businesses,” Dr Napthine said.

A number of Victorian and Indonesian infrastructure experts attended the workshop, including Sir Rod Eddington, Chairmen of Infrastructure Australia, Paul Finn from ANZ and Dennis Cliche from ConnectEast .

Dr Napthine also met with  the Vice President of Indonesia, Dr Boediono and senior Indonesian officals to discuss opportunities for Victoria and Indonesia to develop partnerships through infrastructure delivery.

“Indonesia is the largest economy in South East Asia and its gross domestic product has grown at a rate of more than six per cent per annum for the past decade,” Dr Napthine said.

“The Coalition Government believes Victorian businesses can support and be part of this growth by adding expertise in areas including transport systems, health infrastructure and leading edge green building technologies.

Victorian firms are keen to grow their businesses into Indonesia and I am pleased to have assisted them, Dr Napthine said.

The Premier’s Super Trade Mission is the largest ever to visit South East Asia from Australia, with approximately 300 firms and 450 delegates participating in more than 1500 business matching meetings.