Indonesia: Govt owes construction SOEs IDR5.6tr for land acquisition expenses

  • Three state-owned construction companies, PT Waskita Karya, PT Hutama Karya and PT Wijaya Karya, are seeking repayments from the government for IDR5.6tr (USD390.9mn) in accumulated land acquisition expenses for infrastructure projects.
  • A combination of mounting unpaid expenses by the government and the company’s dwindling income due to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused cash flow issues for the company, according to Destiawan.
  • The LMAN previously stated it would continue to reimburse companies to help them endure the impacts of the drop off in toll road traffic. It has reimbursed IDR53.3tr to state-owned companies for land acquired for 77 strategic national projects, of which IDR11.88tr had gone to Waskita Karya, as of 24 Jun 20.
  • The government also owes Hutama Karya IDR1.86tr for land acquisition costs that were paid upfront by the company for several projects dating back to 2016.
  • Hutama Karya’s Budi Harto blamed the delays on the absence of a Finance Ministry decree (PMK) to regulate repayments to companies involved in completing the government’s National Strategic Projects (PSN).
  • The government recently changed the payment verification scheme via Presidential Regulation No. 66/2020, which appointed the Finance Ministry to verify repayments, taking over from the Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP).

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