Michael Hutahaean

Michael Hutahaean

Programme Officer, Resilience Development Initiative

Michael Hutahaean is a programme officer at Resilience Development Initiative (RDI), a non-profit organisation in Indonesia dedicated to promoting sustainable development and resilience-building efforts in communities facing challenges such as disasters, climate change and social vulnerabilities. An Urban and Regional Planning graduate from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Hutahaean is interested in sustainability, circular economy, and spatial data analysis topics. He has been actively involved in various student organisations such as Christian Community (PMK ITB), Seribu Manfaat ID, Tanoto Scholars Association (TSA) ITB Chapter, and the  Urban and Regional Planning Student Association (HMP PL ITB).

The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train in Bandung, West Java, on 17 January 2024. (Timur Matahari/AFP)

BRI's Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway: High costs but high returns

A few months after its inauguration, the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, the first of its kind that China built overseas with its own integrated system of design, engineering, equipment, technology, and standards, is proving to be a harbinger of stronger and more extensive China-Indonesia economic cooperation.