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Perceptions and Readiness of Indonesia towards the Belt and Road Initiative:Understanding Local Perspectives, Capacity and Governance

2018-08-23, from Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia (CSIS)

Abstract:

The Development Research Center (DRC) of the State Council of China and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia (CSIS) jointly drafted the report on local perceptions of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Indonesia between January 2017 and May 2018. This report analyzes the progress and challenges of BRI in Indonesia from local perspectives.

To begin with, this report briefly reviews the importance of BRI and its current development in the international arena. Based on that, this report explores the potential contribution of BRI to infrastructure development in Indonesia, while also discussing the obstacles and challenges during the implementationfrom economic, strategic and social-political perspectives. Following that, this report elaborates local views on BRI from three provinces (North Sulawesi, North Kalimantan and North Sumatera) hosting the most BRI projects in Indonesia. The main research finding from field research is local concerns about lack of capacity to plan and execute major BRI projects. The following section presents divergent views from five ASEAN countries on BRI. In the end, this report provides recommendations on BRI implementation in Indonesia in various issue areas, including project planning, government transparency and coordination, local government capacity, technology development, and environmental standards.

The two sides are making final revisions and the report is to be finalized soon.

 

Key words: BRI, Indonesia, local perspectives

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Perceptions and Readiness of Indonesia towards the Belt and Road Initiative:Understanding Local Perspectives, Capacity and Governance