Introductory Remarks of the President of the Republic of Indonesia at a Limited Meeting on the Implementation Evaluation of National Strategic Projects and Priority Programs in West Kalimantan Province at the Presidential Office, Jakarta on 14 March 2017
Date 14 Maret 2017
Unofficial English Translation
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
May peace be upon us all,
West Kalimantan Province is a province that shares land borders with its neighboring country stretching 996 km. We must pay attention to border areas, we must develop them since they serve as the vanguard and the nations forefront.
Currrently, we have completed the construction of the core zones of the Entikong Integrated Cross-Border Post (PLBN) in Sanggau Regency, Nanga Badau PLBN in Kapuas Hulu Regency, and Aruk PLBN in Sambas Regency.
I would like to greet the Governor of West Kalimantan.
I also want that the development is not only in the construction of core zones of PLBN, but it must also be followed by development of supporting zones and connectivity acceleration. The supporting zones can be developed into passenger and cargo terminals, trade centers, markets, or other supporting facilities.
I also want a more integrated border management system. Thus, PLBNs surrounding areas can be developed into new economic growth centers.
Besides developing border areas, we also must focus on promoting the development of several sectors which create high value-added (economy), such as agricultural and processing industry sectors.
Therefore, I instruct the ministers and Governor of West Kalimantan to be able to design and implement the supporting programs to improve the performance of agricultural and processing industry sectors. Breakthrough measures need to be taken so that the economic growth in West Kalimantan can increase. The figure now reaches 5.22 percent or above the national economic growth.
And, I would like to emphasize the importance of downstream industry that can connect the development of processing industry with agricultural and plantation sectors.
That is all I can say in this remarks. (Humas Setkab)(RAS/AW/YM)