Visite de l’Ambassadeur de France sur le site d’un projet de drainage à Banda Aceh
The Ambassador of France in Indonesia, H.E. Philippe Zeller, shall visit on the 12th of January 2011 the ongoing work for the rehabilitation and improvement of the drainage system of the Banda Aceh City. Accompanied by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Country Director in Indonesia, Mr. Vincent Rousset, Mr. Zeller shall meet with Drh. Irwandi Yusuf, Governor of Aceh, and with Ir. Mawardy Nurdin, Mayor of Banda Aceh. On this occasion a ground breaking ceremony for the new building facilities will be organised.
The 36.8 million euro (equivalent to about 50 M$) project - financed by AFD with a long-term and very soft loan alongside with a government financing - will support the completion of the rehabilitation and improvement of the main drainage system of Banda Aceh. This project complements the urban infrastructure and housing reconstruction projects that were implemented in the area following the tsunami of December 2004, financed by the Government of Indonesia, international and bilateral donors as well as NGOs. More than 100.000 people affected by recurrent flooding will directly benefit from the implementation of the project.
The project consists of the construction of 75,1 km of channels, 2 pumping stations and 2 mobile pumps, 24,7 Ha retention basins and building facilities for primary and secondary drainage infrastructures in five of the city’s hydraulic zones. It covers 70% of the City’s territory.
Construction works started in year 2010 and are expected to be completed by the end of year 2011. After an international bidding and selection process, the works are supervised by a French leading consultant, Egis BCEOM, and implemented by four Indonesian contractors (PT ADHI KARYA, PT WASKITA KARYA, PT PEMBANGUNAN PERUMAHAN, PT BRANTAS ABIPRAYA). Up to 1.200 people are directly employed by the project.
The Ministry of Public Works is the executing agency of the project. Upon completion, the infrastructure will be handed over to Banda Aceh municipality which will be in charge of system operation and maintenance.
Agence Française de Développement (AFD), a state owned development bank, has been working for over sixty years to foster the development of South countries within the framework of France’s official development assistance. AFD is active in over 70 countries and finances projects aimed at alleviating poverty, supporting economic growth and protecting the global public goods.
In 2009, AFD commitments worldwide amounted to 6.2 billion euros, out of which, 2.4 billion euros were devoted to tackling climate change : in 2009, energy efficiency and climate change mitigation projects financed by AFDdirectly contributed to a reduction of CO2 equivalent emissions by an estimated 4.8 million tons.
In Indonesia, AFD has been in charge of handling French Government assistance for Tsunami reconstruction with subsidized loans, while the French Ministry of Finance has been funding technical assistance on a grant basis.
AFD is bringing its support to the GOI’s strategy aimed at reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through a wide range of loans and expertise. These resources are directed to operations in the Energy sector (energy efficiency, renewable energy, cogeneration, biomass), Forestry, protection of Biodiversity, both through the Government, SOEs or the private sector.