Indonesia joins tender to build 1,050 train cars for Bangladesh

first_imgIndonesia has expressed interest in developing railway infrastructure in Bangladesh by joining a tender for the export of 1,050 train cars to the South Asian country.State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir welcomed Bangladeshi Railways Minister Md. Nurul Islam Sujon in Jakarta on Thursday to discuss opportunities for Indonesia to join the railway project.The president directors of state-owned firms likely to be involved in such a project also attended the meeting. They represented electronic equipment maker PT Len Industri, train manufacturer PT Industri Kereta Api (Inka) and railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI). “Certainly, this is part of our efforts to develop train industries not only inside the country but also to supply other countries, like Bangladesh,” Erick said.Erick estimated that the railways partnership with Bangladesh had generated US$181.6 million in revenue since 2005. The Bangladeshi minister said Bangladesh and Indonesia were “good friends” and highlighted the fact that both countries had large Muslim populations.The Philippine state railway operator is using two trains made by Inka to serve customers in Makati city, the financial hub of metropolitan Manila. Inca is also set to deliver 30 electrodiesel locomotives worth $91.3 million to Zambia based on a contract signed in January 2018.The state-owned train manufacturer said last year it was expecting to sign Rp 7.2 trillion ($506 million) worth of order contracts in 2019, including for exports of rolling stock to African and Asian countries. “We are not only seeking a business-to-business partnership but also want to help train [workers from Bangladesh] to support our partnership,” Erick told reporters after the meeting in Jakarta.Read also: Trains made by Indonesian state firm to serve commuters in Philippines The move marks yet another effort to push local trainmakers onto the global market. Last year, Inka sent 15 train cars to Bangladesh, part of 250 to be shipped in total, after the company exported 200 train cars to the country in 2006 and 2016. Topics :last_img read more

Indonesian airlines resume domestic passenger flights with strict health protocols

first_imgSeveral Indonesian airlines have resumed domestic passenger flights following a letter from the COVID-19 task force allowing certain people to travel despite government travel restrictions. Service will be reopened gradually this month.  Garuda Indonesia officially resumed domestic passenger flights on Thursday after suspending them in compliance with the government’s large scale social restrictions (PSBB). The national flag carrier has implemented augmented health protocols. “Flight reservations can be accessed through all ticket channels of Garuda Indonesia,” the airline’s president-director Irfan Setiaputra said in a statement on Thursday. He added that the company would remain in regular contact with authorities to support the fight against COVID-19. Garuda Indonesia will require passengers to provide ground staff with medical letters from hospitals stating that they are COVID-19 negative. The airline will also require state officials to provide documents, including official letters of duty, employee IDs and letters explaining the purpose of travel. Read also: Garuda Indonesia to test passengers for COVID-19Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air ‒ members of the Lion Air Group ‒ will resume domestic passenger flights on Sunday. Tickets for these airlines are available at their counters, call centers and official websites. “[We will apply] the physical distancing policy in the cabin by omitting middle seats in the three-seat configurations in economy class. The passengers will either be seated by the window or by the aisle. “Meanwhile, in the business class with two-seat configurations, we will apply a zig-zag seating arrangement,” said Danang Mandala Prihantoro, Lion Air Group corporate communications strategic officer, in a statement on Thursday.The Lion Air Group will perform pre-flight health checks and worthy-for-flight tests on crew members prior to departure. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Wednesday that it would possible for the government to allow all modes of public transportation to resume operation on Thursday to accommodate particular individuals while maintaining the ban on this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus).Topics :last_img read more

B.C. Northern Real Estate Board release quarterly numbers

first_imgThe number of sales has jumped from 3,806 in September of last year to 4,650 this year, worth a total of $1.07 billion opposed to last year’s $934 million.“B.C. Northern’s third quarter real estate market has continued to be strong,” VP of the board, David Black said in a written statement. “Most markets are still showing increases in both the number of sales and the dollar value of each sale; however, recent statements made by major players in LNG projects have slowed the activity in the Northeast and Western regions of the Board.”In Fort St. John, 740 properties worth $287.6 million were reported sold this year, compared to 626 worth $219.9 million last year.- Advertisement -Fort St. John has lost its top position in number of single detachments sold among all reported communities, which now goes to Prince George at 755. However, they still hold top position for price sold, which is an average of $410,197 compared to Prince George at $273,321.Fort St. James continues to fall into a negative spin, as they’re reported to have the least sold single detachments on a year-to-year basis, down to 17 at an average of $181,694.This is however higher than compared to last year, which stood at 10 units sold on an average of $161,200.Advertisementlast_img read more