Oleg Belozerov pays working visit to Indonesia
Oleg Belozerov, President of Open Joint Stock Company Russian Railways, paid a
working visit to the Republic of Indonesia on 5 and 6 October 2016.
During the visit, the Company head held a series of meetings with representatives
from Indonesia government bodies involved in rail and transport and Edi Sukmoro, President
of the national state railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia.
During their talks, the two sides discussed prospects for cooperation between Russia
and Indonesia in the field of railway transport. According to Oleg Belozerov, in its
international activities the Company accords particular importance to cooperation
with Indonesian partners.
During his meeting with Budi Karya Sumadi, Indonesia's Minister of Transport, the
head of Russian Railways praised bilateral cooperation in the field of training. According
to Belozerov, since 2014, 50 places have been allocated every year to train Indonesian
students at Russian universities. One hundred students from the island of Kalimantan
are currently training in Russia, with another 50 due to arrive in early October 2016.
For his part, Budi Karya Sumadi expressed his intention to invite Russian lecturers
to Indonesian universities, not only to teach students, but also to conduct scientific
Belozerov, who also currently heads the International Union of Railways (UIC),
said that the UIC appreciates the participation of Indonesia's Ministry of Transport
and PT Kereta Api Indonesia in the UIC's activities.
"I believe that many of the initiatives arising within the UIC may be of interest
to Indonesia's railways and transport administration and would like to invite you
to cooperate actively on the international platform," said Oleg Belozerov.
The President of Russian Railways met with Rini Soemarno, Minister of State-Owned
Businesses of the Republic of Indonesia, and Edi Sukmoro, President of the state railway
corporation PT Kereta Api Indonesia. During their meeting, they discussed various
areas of cooperation. Rini Soemarno expressed confidence that the "high level of competence
at Russian Railways in organising management systems will significantly improve the
performance of Indonesia's existing railways."
During the discussion with Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesia's Minister of Maritime Affairs
and Fisheries, special attention was paid to environmental issues. Oleg Belozerov
noted that Russian Railways pays close attention to environmental questions. He said
that Russian Railways had adopted an "Environmental Strategy" and taken on serious
commitments to reduce the Company's negative impact on nature.
"In all our projects, we try not to disturb the balance of nature. That is a key
factor for us," said Oleg Belozerov.
During the talks, the sides also discussed various aspects of the project approach
to the implementation of transport infrastructure projects on the island of Kalimantan
to transport coal and other goods.