TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - 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 train carriages and the rest are expected to arrive in Bangladesh at the end of the year.
According to Bambang, the export of train 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 train carriages have been internationally recognized and have successfully penetrated the world market," he noted.