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Friday 31 December 2004

The Reconstruction of Aceh Requires 10 Trillion Rupiah (USD 1 = 9,300 Rupiah)

Highlights from Kompas, Indonesia (30 December 2004)

The Reconstruction of Aceh Requires 10 Trillion Rupiah (USD 1 = 9,300 Rupiah)
The Reconstruction of Aceh and Northern Sumatra will require Rp 10 trillion (USD 1 = 9,300 Rupiah)

It is also reported that 80 % of the town Meulaboh has been destroyed.
According to the Economic Co-ordinator Minister, Aburizal Bakrie, there are three stages involved in the reconstruction. The first stage is an emergency period which should take a year from December 2004 to December 2005 estimated to cost RP 1.3 trillion. These funds will be used to provide food, clothes, health care, temporary accommodation, clean water, electricity, transport, telecommunication and oil to the survivors. The second stage is the rehabilitation stage where the buildings will be repaired. This will take 1.5 years and costs RP 1.5 trillion. The final stage is the reconstruction of the region which should last for five years from 2005 to 2009. The reconstruction stage involves the repair of the infrastructure, houses and public facilities.

A local official also added that international organisations and aid workers like social workers, doctors, paramedics, technicians arriving in Banda Aceh or Bandar Udara (Bandara), Polonia, Medan will be given visa on arrival for a week. This visa will be extended if circumstances demand it. Foreign reporters who wish to cover this event will also be given such visa.

To ensure there is no bottle neck in Bandara in Sultan Iskandar Muda, Banda Aceh, the staff in Banda Aceh and Medan is asked to work for 24 hours.
Because Bandara is very crowded the Indonesian authorities have arranged for refuelling to be done in Batam and Pekanbaru.
5 Comments Post a Comment
Blogger AmJam said :

The question the West has to answer is can this be an opportunity for us to undo some of the imperialist damage of the last hundred years and start trying to haul us out of the hole we're in?

Can we respond whole-heartedly enough to disarm the propaganda machine of AlQaida?

Or will we screw it up again as we did in the 90's with our failure to fund the reconstruction of the ex-Soviet bloc, and in 2001 when we failed to understand the degree of sympathy for the attacks of 9/11?

Fri Dec 31, 01:53:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

little correction, 1 USD = 9,300 Rupiah

Fri Dec 31, 02:36:00 AM IST  
Blogger enda said :

the correct exchange currency is USD 1 = 9,300 Rupiah

Fri Dec 31, 02:36:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

Daunting logistical problems confront UN efforts to reach Asian tsunami victims
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=12943&Cr=tsunami&Cr1=
extracted:"He said the main problems were in Aceh but that 50 trucks of relief supplies were arriving there today and eight full airplanes were due in tomorrow. He discussed with Washington today the possibility of drawing on United States assets to install an air-freight handling centre in Aceh, and tomorrow the UN will set up a camp for relief workers there."

Fri Dec 31, 03:32:00 AM IST  
Blogger hangwu said :

thanks a lot for spotting my error! correction posted. please alert me if there are any interesting stories in the indonesian media

Fri Dec 31, 03:38:00 AM IST