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President Jokowi inaugurates Tanjung Priok access toll road

VOI NEWS 16.4.2017  11:00 Local Time GMT+7

Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated the construction of Tanjung Priok access toll road. Present at the inauguration of Tanjung Priok access toll road, the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and Acting Governor of Jakarta Sumarsono. Speaking in his speech at the inauguration of access toll road on Saturday in Jakarta, President Joko Widodo said that Tanjung Priok as the main port in Indonesia should be able to provide fast service for the distribution of goods. According to President, with the existence of Tanjung Priok access toll road, services in the port will increase.

"This will be passed approximately by 3600 container trucks every day. Therefore this will give a very good competitiveness on the speed of our service. we have to remember that Tanjung Priok,  is our main port. Where before it spread to other ports across Indonesia all goods are stored and compiled here. Services may be restricted if the distribution from the port is slow. Therefore, thank God, during the day toll road access to Tanjung Priok can be operated,  so that the distribution of goods is able to serve properly," the President said.

Furthermore President Joko Widodo also hoped Tanjung Priok access toll road will be utilized as much as possible to improve the competitiveness of Indonesian products overseas through increasing speed of service and distribution of goods. The Construction of the road began in 2008 and was initiated by former Jakarta Governor at the time Joko Widodo. The construction was constrained by land acquisition and adjustment of the building structure. Meanwhile, Director General of Bina Marga Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing Aria Moerwanto Setiadi explained, the Tanjung Priok access toll road has a capacity of 11.4 kms long which is  integrated with outer ring roads and Tanjung Priok port. According to him, the construction of the access toll road becomes part of the target of the public works and housing Ministry. The Ministry targeting the development of 1,800 kms tol road until 2019. He also said the Tanjung Priok access toll road is an  environmentally friendly road since it has noise reducer which can not disturb the activities of surrounding residents. Shortly after the inauguration, the Tanjung Priok access toll road will be opened to the public for one month, where the public are allowed to use the road free of charge. (VOI/Ndy;trsbyAlika)


Indonesia needs to do more to attract foreign investment, Jokowi

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Indonesia needs to do more, and provide greater facilities to attract foreign investors to the country. The president cited investment which he described as insignificant in amount by Saudi Arabia in Indonesia compared with in other countries.  He pointed to Saudi investment of nearly Rp870 trillion in China almost ten times the investment of Rp89 trillion pledged by King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud when the Saudi king visited Indonesia recently. The president stated that however that should prompt Indonesian Government to make introspection and correction, why it could not attract larger investment. It could be an input for Indonesia to make large success by improving business facility and legal certainty. The President moreover said after officially commissioning a new Mosque Hasyim Ashari on Saturday that Indonesia with abundant natural resources should be able to attract foreign investors more than many other countries. He said many foreign leaders have been surprised to learn the countrys abundant natural wealth and social cultures. (antara)


Kadin Urges Gov't to Maintain Property Sector Growth

The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has urged the government to maintain the stability of property sector growth in order to have a consistent economic growth. Kadin’s Chairman Rosan P. Roeslani said to do so, regulations that have not been enacted should be consulted first with stakeholders, including business players in property sector, before they are pubished to the mediar or the public. According to Rosan, this is important for businessmen because it would affect the country’s property sector performance. Rosan added that Kadin is also now making efforts to boost the growth of the country’s property sector because in the past three years, the country’s property industries have been facing tough challenges, caused by among others economic slowdown. Rosan remarked that there must be a shared understanding between the government and business players in property sector so the sector can develop well. (Tempo)


KPK to Boost Security for Officials Following Novel's Acid Attack

Following the acid attack against Novel Baswedan, a Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator, the Commission will boost security for its officials. KPK Spokesperson Febri Diansyah said the tight security measure is in place especially for the officials handling major cases. Febri said in Jakarta on Friday (14/4) that after the attack on Tuesday, KPK leaders had a meeting and decided they would provide extra security for officials handling strategic cases. In the meantime, legal analyst at the Indonesian Corruption Watch Aradila Caesar said the attack against Novel was caused by the negligence of KPK leaders. According to Aradila, KPK should have instructed for the increased security for Novel and other investigators since a long time ago. Aradila Caesar also said that KPK should evaluate its security system following the attack. (Tempo)


Indonesian ambassador visits Tourism Ministry to discuss Indonesian tourism in Europe

Indonesian Ambassador to Bulgaria, Albania and Macedonia Sri Astari Rasjid recently paid a visit to the Tourism Ministry at the Sapta Pesona building to discuss the promotion of Indonesian tourism in Bulgaria and East Europe. Tourism is important for developing countries as it generates foreign exchange and creates jobs. In Indonesia, tourism is one industry in which Indonesia can compete globally. President Joko Widodo has prioritized tourism along with the maritime, infrastructure, food and energy industries. Rasjid also thanked to the minister for all the work and partnership that they have done in the past. As a matter of fact, Indonesia has won a number of tourism-related awards. Indonesia recently took home the Grand Prix Award at the 13th International Tourism Film Festival in Bulgaria for a three-minute video titled Wonderful Indonesia: The Journey to a Wonderful World. Prior to that, two short films in the tourism-themed "On the East Coast of Europe" won two awards at the 11th International Tourism Film Festival (ITFF). Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said Indonesian embassies had been very helpful with the promotion of Wonderful Indonesia. (Jakarta Post)


Garuda to Operate All Flights from Terminal III Starting May

According to Indonesian Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, National carrier Garuda Indonesia is set to operate all flights both domestic and international flights, from Terminal 3 at Soekarno-Hatta international airport starting 1 May this year.However, the relocation of Garuda’s flights to Terminal 3 still needs improvement.The minister asked Garuda and state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II to carry out a simulation during peak hours before 1 May. The simulation, he said, is aimed at evaluating the service processes, starting from check-in process until the plane operates.Garuda has up to 15 days before all the flight are officially operated from Terminal 3. The airline previously operated its international flights from Terminal 2 and since the operation of Terminal 3, all its domestic flights were operated from Terminal 3.Garuda Indonesia will use 50% of the terminal, while the rest will be used by airlines allied under the Sky Team. (Tempo)

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