Surabaya: Indonesia’s Finance Minister Bambang P.S. Brodjonegoro led a symbolic release ceremony marking the export of 150 units of passenger wains (wagon or cart) made by PT Industri Kereta Api (INKA) to Bangladesh at the pier of Jamrud Utara, Tanjung Perak port, on Thursday.
“We are really proud of the export of our railway carriage. It is expected to continue and expand to other countries,” he noted.
During the first stage of the export, Indonesia had sent 15 units of the railway carriages and the rest are expected to arrive in Bangladesh at the end of the year.
According to Bambang, the export of railway carriages will prove PT INKAs capability as a state-owned company, to internationally compete and seize buyers from countries, which are not considered as Indonesias trading partner.
Meanwhile, the President Director of PT INKA, R. Agus H. Purnomo, pegged the export value of the 150 units of carriage at as much as US$72.3 million.
The export of passenger trains to Bangladesh Railway, he said, had become an important momentum for his company to win more international tenders.
“It has proved that our production of railway carriages have been internationally recognized and have successfully penetrated the world market,” he noted.
“Export of railroad cars are very proud and the future is expected to continue, and even export to other countries,” said Minister Bambang on the sidelines welcome the release of export railway carriages in Surabaya, as reported by Antara on Thursday (31/3).
in this first stage the release of exports shipped 15 units carriages and targeted the entire unit to arrive in Bangladesh by the end of 2016.
According to him, export railway carriage is evidence of PT INKA as the state that is able to compete and reach buyers from countries other than Indonesia’s trading partners. “PT INKA able to prove that Indonesia could export railway carriage, and shows that it is now necessary export products and new export destinations,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Director of PT INKA R. H. Agus Purnomo explained that the value of exports to 150 units of passenger railway carriages of USD 72.3 million. Delivery train passengers who booked ‘Bangladesh Railway’, he said, became an important momentum for PT INKA to encourage efforts to win international tender next.
“The export carriages proved that the production of PT INKA has been recognized at the level of international and successfully penetrate the world export market, “he said.
Also present at the occasion, Minister for Trade Thomas Trikasih Lembong, Minister of Administrative Reform and Bureaucratic Reform Yuddy Chrisnandi, East Java governor and a number of directors of SOEs.