Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) President Jin Liqun attended a virtual ceremony on Feb. 26, 2021 to witness the completion of financing documents for the SMF Multifunctional Satellite Project, which was held in the Presidential Palace of Indonesia. President Joko Widodo of Indonesia also attended the ceremony.
The SMF Satellite Project is an initiative that will deliver internet connectivity to more than 149,000 public service points—including hospitals and schools—in the least developed, frontier and outermost regions of Indonesia. The project, which was approved by AIIB’s Board of Directors in September 2020, is the first telecommunication satellite public-private-partnership project in Indonesia.
It also marks AIIB’s first private sector financing in Indonesia and in the satellite industry. It is aligned with AIIB’s vision to support the efforts of AIIB Members in bridging the digital divide and increasing their economic competitiveness and infrastructure efficiency.
The project signifies the importance of multifunctional satellites as a fundamental fabric of digital connectivity. It will lead not only to development of a niche market in Indonesia but can also serve as a global case study and an example for countries that are working to provide digital connectivity in a sustainable manner.
Read more about AIIB’s announcement on enhancing digital connectivity in Indonesia here.
Additional information about the Indonesia Multifunctional Satellite Public-Private-Partnership Project can be found here.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a multilateral development bank whose mission is financing the Infrastructure for Tomorrow—infrastructure with sustainability at its core. We began operations in Beijing in January 2016 and have since grown to 103 approved members worldwide. We are capitalized at USD100 billion and Triple-A-rated by the major international credit rating agencies. Working with partners, AIIB meets clients’ needs by unlocking new capital and investing in infrastructure that is green, technology-enabled and promotes regional connectivity.