Introductory Remarks of President of the Republic of Indonesia H.E. Joko Widodo at the Limited Meeting on the Evaluation of National Strategic Projects Implementation and Priority Programs in Banten Province, on 14 June 2017, at the Presidential Office, Jakarta
Unofficial English Translation
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
In this afternoons Limited Meeting, we will evaluate the National Strategic Projects Implementation in Banten Province.
Similar to West Java Province, Banten Province is also a buffer zone of the Capital City Jakarta which has very strong relations, both in the provision of public service, trade, and investment.
Such relations should be a positive capital for Bantens development, especially in the effort to increase qualified economic growth, alleviate poverty, reduce inequality, and decrease the number of unemployment.
Banten province continues to grow rapidly. And, in 2016 the economic growh in Banten was at 5.26% and in the first quarter of 2017 it increased to 5.90%. And I notice this economic growth was directly proportional to the decline in the number of open unemployment in Banten Province.
I hope that such positive momentum can be maintained and improved again. I would also like to remind you all that this increasingly positive economic growth should be spread more evenly throughout Banten Province.
I think that is all my introductory remarks. Mr. Governor, the floor is yours. (PR, Cabinet Secretariat) (RC/MUR/AW/YM/Naster)