JAKARTA - The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) stated that many countries are interested in realizing the 10th Global Water Fund in the World Water Forum (WWF) in Bali.

Special Staff to the Minister of PUPR for Water Resources Firdaus Ali said a number of countries that have the potential to support the establishment of the Global Water Fund, namely China, South Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States. These countries, said Firdaus, are countries with strong fiscal abilities.

"Global Water Fund earlier, many (states) have shown their desires," said Firdaus quoting Antara.

Our neighboring countries also see (Global Water Fund). Singapore sees that investment in the Indonesian water sector is also the sexiest compared to other countries," he added.

Apart from Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia also have the same interest regarding the establishment of the Global Water Fund.

According to Firdaus, what triggers interest in these countries is the initiative and political commitment of the country's leaders.

"Initiatives without political commitment will not be anything," said Firdaus.

Through the World Water Forum, Firdaus said that other countries have seen Indonesia's seriousness and commitment in overcoming the water issue.

"The president intervened, the Coordinating Minister went down, everything went down. So, they (other countries) see a very strong commitment from Indonesia," said Firdaus.

Thus, he hopes that through the World Water Forum, a further agreement can be reached regarding the Global Water Fund. Firdaus believes that this step can be a solution to overcome fiscal barriers related to water projects.

"That's why we have several high levels of panels that will discuss it (Global Water Fund)," said Firdaus.

The Indonesian government is pushing for the formation of a Global Water Fund in the 10th World Water Forum, to respond to budget inequality and accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, namely the fulfillment of access to clean water and sanitation for all.

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