Japan to provide $13 bln for Jakarta infrastructure scheme

TOKYO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Japan is ready to provide $13billion of funding for infrastructure projects in Indonesia, itsaid on Tuesday, as it looks to capitalise on the SoutheastAsian nation's strong economic growth.

The investment is Japan's contribution to a jointly funded410 trillion rupiah ($42.75 billion) development plan for thegreater Jakarta area.

The countries identified 45 priority projects to becompleted by 2020 to improve the region's transport and energyinfrastructure, including a rapid transit rail system and a newport at Cilamaya.

Japan will finance its share mainly in the form ofdevelopment assistance, a Japanese trade ministry official said.

Eleven Japanese companies including trading house MitsubishiCorp , electronics conglomerate Hitachi Ltd ,and plant engineering firms JGC Corp and Chiyoda Corp

are already participating, the official said.

($1 = 9,591 Indonesian rupiah)

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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