The March 18 press release detailed Japan’s ODA loan worth USD845 million and grant of USD33.9 million for Indonesia. The loan will be used mainly to finance a string of infrastructure projects including the construction of power transmission lines between Sumatera and Java and a geothermal power plant in South Sumatera, and development of a final waste disposal site in the metropolitan area of South Sumatera’s Mamminasata region. The grant will go toward reconstruction of earthquake-affected schools in Padang, West Sumatra, and efforts to improve food security among farmers, conserve forests and enhance capacities to deal with climate change-related natural disasters.
A press release by the Japan International Cooperation Agency issued on the same day indicates an ODA loan for Vietnam worth USD285 million for transport infrastructure improvement in Hanoi and construction and rehabilitation of a national highway in the Mekong delta region in the south. According to JICA, Japan’s total ODA loans to Vietnam for fiscal 2009 have come to USD1.6 billion for 11 projects.