Governor Koster And Deputy Minister Of South Korea Discuss Railway Project Plans In Bali
Governor of Bali I Wayan Koster/DOK Bali Provincial Government

DENPASAR - Governor of Bali Wayan Koster held a bilateral meeting with the Deputy Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation of South Korea, Yoon Sung-won virtually.

The bilateral meeting was part of a series of global Infrastructure cooperation conferences that discussed three issues, namely, the plan to develop rail infrastructure in Bali, the development of an industrial area for clean energy and electric vehicles in Jembrana Regency, Bali, and the development of a center of excellence in regional development, infrastructure. and transportation in Bali.

Koster said Bali as an international tourist destination that is very popular because of the charm of this beautiful and unique destination, needs to be strengthened with connected and integrated infrastructure by prioritizing the use of trains and battery-based vehicles. This infrastructure supports Bali as a tourism hub that continues to grow sustainably.

In addition, Koster said that Bali will also encourage the growth of industrial areas for the preparation of clean energy and Battery-Based Electric Motor Vehicles (KBLBB) as a tangible manifestation of implementing Bali Governor Regulation Number 45 of 2019 concerning Bali Clean Energy and Bali Governor Regulation Number 48 of 2019 concerning the use of battery-based electric motor vehicles.

"In addition, Bali will encourage the development of regional integration with transportation systems focused on several locations, namely in Sanur, Denpasar, Kuta Parking Center, Badung, Ubud, Gianyar and in Gunaksa, Klungkung. throughout Bali," said Koster in a written statement, Tuesday, November 16.

Koster hopes that technical assistance and investment to be able to build infrastructure in Bali can be carried out, especially rail transportation infrastructure. He also emphasized that Training and Education will continue to be carried out, because Bali will need more reliable personnel.

"I am optimistic that the cooperation between the Province of Bali and Korea can still be developed, given the closeness of the cultures of the two communities and the results of this meeting can be followed up concretely starting in 2022," he said.

Meanwhile, South Korea's Deputy Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation, Yoon Sung-won welcomed the idea. He said South Korea needed to induce and introduce industrial progress and transportation systems in Korea to be used in Bali.

"Sporadic cooperation has begun by exploring development opportunities with the implementation of a feasibility study for the construction of the Light Rail (LRT) as access to I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali," he said.

According to him, this has also been strengthened by sending two staff of the Bali Provincial Transportation Service to continue their education in Korea in the railway sector.

"I hope that this cooperation can be strengthened and made concrete by carrying out more detailed studies and calculations, given the land and cultural conditions in Bali which are much more challenging than in Korea," he said.

In addition, Yoon hopes that sending staff to study in Korea can be continued and supplemented with short courses through a more structured collaboration.

But not only in the field of infrastructure, Deputy Minister Yoon offers training programs for civil servants and employees of the Bali Provincial Government, in various sectors to go to Korea in Indonesia.

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