President Jokowi Asks Jambi to Immediately Develop Downstream Industry
President Joko Jokowi Widodo said that we should be able to take advantage of economic growth momentum in Jambi which began to increase again in 2016. For the record, the economy in Jambi Province grew by 4.37 percent in 2016.
President Jokowi believes that in 2017 and in coming years, the economy in Jambi will be able to grow high sustainably. Based on the data he has, the economy in Jambi has been supported by agriculture, forestry, fishery, and trade sectors.
In order to support the productivity of the agriculture sector, the President requested all related parties to prepare the supporting infrastructures, including dam infrastructure, irrigation, seeds, fertilizers, and agricultural technology improvement.
Apart from that, in order to improve added value for the regional economy, according to the President, it is necessary to immediately develop the process of downstream industry. With downstream industry, the President expressed his hope that the agriculture sector which constitutes a regional leading sector can be connected with the development of its processing industry. “So it is expected that it is not only to accelerate economic growth but also to create new jobs and reduce the inequality of income that prevails,” the President said during his introductory remarks at the Limited Meeting on the Evaluation of the Implementation of the National Strategic Projects and Priority Programs in Jambi Province at the Presidential Office in Jakarta, Thursday (20/4) afternoon.
The President also requested that the distribution of agricultural and processed products be a common concern. To that end, connectivity between regions, especially production areas to other areas need to be immediately connected so that agricultural and processed products from Jambi Province can become more competitive.
On the occasion, President Jokowi also requested a report on the progress of transportation infrastructure development in Jambi Province, among others, the constructions of airports, railways, access roads, and seaports.
The Limited Meeting was attended by Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki, Minister of Transportation Budi K. Sumadi, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara, Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/Head of National Land Agency (BPN) Sofyan Djalil, Minister of Social Affairs Khofifah Indar Parawansa, Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Research and Technology and Higher Education M. Nasir, Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, Minister of State-owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno, Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto, Head of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong, and Governor of Jambi Zumi Zola. (RMI/SM/JAY/ES) (MUR/YM/Naster).