CNN’s ‘Building Bridges’ explores infrastructural developments that are bringing nations closer

10 Nov 2017  18 | World Travel News

South East Asian, Indian and African markets are gearing up on their infrastructural development while keeping sustainability at the core of their planning. Supporting these initiatives are Japanese organizations who are identifying such projects and are bringing their knowledge and experience of clean energy and world class technology to guarantee their success. By setting up world-class infrastructure, these countries are hoping to pave the way for sustainable and successful industrialization. Highlights from CNN’s theme week and 30-minute special program ‘Building Bridges’ include:
 
Thailand – Mass Rapid Transit
Home to more than 8 million people, Bangkok, Thailand, is trying to address its severely congested roads by further developing its mass rapid transit system with the help of the Japanese. Due to the limited number of lines and poor connectivity between them, the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand is expanding, with the recently finished Purple Line, existing Blue Line, and currently under-construction Red Line expected to radically change the way Thais get around.
 
Indonesia – Geothermal
The archipelago of volcanic Indonesian islands is a hotbed for geothermal energy and advanced Japanese technology is now being deployed to harness it. The Japan Bank for International Cooperation funnelled $533 million into the 320 megawatt Sarulla Geothermal Power Project in northern Sumatra. Upon completion in 2018, the plant is expected to reduce 1.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Indonesia reportedly has 40% of the world's potential geothermal resources, making it a sector that's ripe for expansion.
 
Vietnam – Aviation
Last year, the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi was named the “world’s most improved airport,” jumping 136 places in Skytrax ratings to rank 82nd among the world’s top 100 airports. In response to surging international travel to Vietnam, Japan aided with the construction of the airport’s Terminal 2 and now the airport can handle 17 million travellers a year, 80% more than 2010. The Nhat Tan Bridge was built alongside the airport expansion, further improving the travel experience into Hanoi.