President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) asserted that infrastructure development is fundamental or fundamental for Indonesia to be able to compete with other countries.
Moreover, Indonesia’s infrastructure stocks, continued the President, are still small compared to the infrastructure stock of neighboring countries.
“We are still far behind, both in the affairs of the road, in the affairs of ports, airports, power plants. Why this is our focus and concentration in this development, yes because it is once again something very basic, something very fundamental, “said President Jokowi while giving a speech at the inauguration of Bakauheni Toll Road-Great Terbanggi segment of Bakauheni Port-Simpang Susun Bakauheni and Simpang Arrange Lematang-Simpang Arrange Kotabaru, in Bakauheni, Lampung, Sunday (21/1) morning.
The President reminded, a product can not be transported from one place to another if the roads and ports are not supported so it will be very difficult to compete with other countries.
“If our transportation costs are expensive, our logistics costs are expensive, how the products become cheaper, not possible,” said the President half inquired.
If transportation can be faster, the President believes the cost will also be much cheaper and the price of products sold in the community will also be cheaper. “This is why we continue to concentrate on infrastructure development,” he said.
End of 2019
Recognized Head of State, indeed only a few infrastructure projects that can be completed. But Head of State believes later in late 2018 and 2019 will be a lot of infrastructure projects that can be inaugurated and soon exploited.
On that occasion, President Jokowi expressed his greatest gratitude to all regional heads, both the Governor, the Regent, and the Mayor who have helped especially in land acquisition. The President also thanked all state-owned companies that have been together to build toll roads.
“Although many say that the calculations are still very small profits, the IRR is still small, but I say this is a need we can not delay if we want to win in the competition, win in competition with other countries,” said President Jokowi.
Appeared to accompany President Jokowi on the occasion include State Minister Rini Soemarno, Minister PUPR Basuki Hadimuljono, Governor of Bank Indonesia Agus Martowardojo, and Lampung Governor Ridho Ficardo. (DNS / ES)