President Jokowi Inaugurates Panua Pohuwato Airport in Gorontalo Province

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 22 April 2024
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President Jokowi inaugurates Panua Pohuwato airport in Gorontalo province, Monday (04/22). (Photo by: BPMI Presidential Secretariat)

On the second day of his working visit to Gorontalo province, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Monday (04/22) is set to inaugurate Panua Pohuwato airport in Pohuwato regency.

“With the presence of this airport, I hope the economy in Pohuwato can further develop and promote the emergence of new centers of economic growth,” President Jokowi said.

During his speech, the President ordered related officials to extend the existing runway so commercial planes can land, which will further strengthen the airport’s function in supporting local economic activity. “I took a propeller plane since the Presidential Aircraft couldn’t land,” he added.

In addition, the Head of State also underscored that Indonesia—a large country with 514 municipalities/regencies, 38 provinces, and more than 17,000 islands—requires adequate infrastructure to support connectivity and logistical mobility to support the country in economic competition.

“If we don’t have the adequate infrastructure, our country won’t be able to compete with other countries, our products won’t be able to compete with other countries,” President Jokowi said.

For the record, the airport was built with a budget of Rp437 billion and equipped with a 990 m2 terminal, 1,200 m x 30 m runway, 150 m x 170 m taxiway, and 110 m x 70 m apron.

After the inauguration, President Jokowi is scheduled to head to Boalemo regency to inspect the implementation of Presidential Instruction on Regional Roads in Gorontalo province as well as corn harvest.

After that, the President will depart for Bone Bolango regency to inspect the Bolango Ulu dam and Regional General Hospital of Toto Kabila and then immediately return to Jakarta via Djalaluddin airport of West Sulawesi province using the Presidential Airplane Indonesia-1. (BPMI Vice Presidential Secretariat/KS/AIT/UN) (GWH/MMB)

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