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Future Transport Asia 2013 leads drive to address Indonesia's transportation needs and challenges

Jakarta, 25 June 2013 – Under the endorsement of Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation (MOT) and the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia), Sphere Conferences today organised the inaugural transportation conference Future Transport Asia 2013, held in the Grand Hyatt Jakarta from 25 to 27 June 2013.

Sphere Conferences is the conference arm of Singapore Press Holdings, the country’s leading multimedia group which publishes newspapers such as The Straits Times, its flagship English-language newspaper and one of the region’s oldest and most established newspaper.

Future Transport Asia 2013 is the only integrated event in Asia to bring together government, regulators, rail & airport operators, airlines, financiers and world-class solution providers. With three co-located conferences, “Smart Passenger Rail Asia”, “Smart Terminal Asia” and “Smart Traffic Asia”, this event saw close to 400 leaders from the transportation sector across 15 countries congregated to discuss, strategise and unveil new, intelligent solutions and innovations to address Indonesia’s transportation needs and challenges.

This three-days conference will cover key areas of infrastructure and transportation, ranging from market access strategies, passenger rail operations, to aviation and urban transport planning and development. 

Some of the region’s key transportation industry players in attendance included SMRT, PT. Kereta Api, KLIA Express, State Railway of Thailand, Changi Airport Group, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, and Land Transport Authority (LTA), as they shared their experience and expert insights interview of finding solutions to resolve Indonesia’s growing transportation challenges.

Dr Bambang Susantono, Vice Minister at the MOT, said: “Infrastructure development is fundamentally the greatest area of concern if the nation’s economy wants to continue moving forward. That is where our role as the Ministry of Transportation comes in, to be a leader in implanting inter-island and international connectivity. The Indonesian Government has pledged to multiply infrastructure spending to USD$250 billion until 2025, in order to boost annual economic growth to 6.8% by 2014.”

One of the key highlights of the Future Transport Asia 2013 conference was a ministerial forum featuring key Indonesian ministers, mayors and provincial representatives where they interacted with key industry players to discuss on project showcases, market access and public-private partnerships (PPP).

Mr Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Conferences, said: “In the first six months of 2013, the government has tendered 17 PPP projects valued at USD$10.63 billion, with many entering the construction phase. This is a timely development and we are proud to feature key industry players in the transport sector to speak at Future Transport Asia 2013. With engaging topics surrounding Asia’s infrastructure and transportation, the attendees will gain valuable insights as they seek to leverage on business opportunities and establish long term partnerships with key Indonesian stakeholders.”

He added: “With a burgeoning economy and the government’s commitment to improve existing infrastructure, it is timely for Sphere Conferences, in partnership with the Ministry of Transport Indonesia and PT. Angkasa Pura, to engage and support the Indonesian government in this key pillar of economic growth.”

For the complete list of speakers and detailed agenda for the event, visit the websites:

For more information on Future Transport Asia 2013, please contact Ms Zhu Jiahui at telephone: (65) 6848 5378 or email:


Presentation of the plaque to Future Transport Asia 2013 endorser- Bambang Susantono, Vice Minister, Ministry of Transportation Indonesia.


Presentation of the plaque to Future Transport Asia 2013 endorser- Tri. S Sunoko,, President Director, PT. Angkasa Pura II


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For media enquiries, please contact:

Ms Zhu Jiahui
Marketing Executive 
Sphere Conferences
Tel: (65) 6848 5378

Ms Juliah Theresa Jailani
Project Manager
Sphere Conferences
Tel: (65) 6848 6053

Mr Yeo Siew Chi
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings 
Tel: (65) 6319 1586

About Sphere Conferences

Sphere Conferences, a conference arm of Singapore Press Holdings, produces conferences that are of the highest quality bringing inspiration, innovation and value to customers. Sphere’s purpose is to empower customers with big and fresh ideas and lasting relationships that will enable them to excel in their chosen markets, by providing unique networking and learning platforms whereby they can learn, network and do business.

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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs
(STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.


In the radio business, SPH has a 92.9% per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPH MediaBoxOffice.


SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.

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