President Jokowi Inaugurates Two Suspension Bridges in Central Java

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 17 Juni 2017
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President Jokowi during the inauguration Kali Galeh suspension bridge and Soropadan suspension bridge, and Parakan Wetan rented low-cost apartment in Kauman village, Temanggung regency, Saturday (17/6). (Photo by: Public Relations Division/Rahmat)

President Jokowi during the inauguration Kali Galeh suspension bridge and Soropadan suspension bridge, and Parakan Wetan rented low-cost apartment in Kauman village, Temanggung regency, Saturday (17/6). (Photo by: Public Relations Division/Rahmat)

In his last day of his working visit to Central Java province, President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo symbolically inaugurated infrastructure projects in Temangung Regency, including Kali Galeh suspension bridge, Soropadan suspension bridge, and Parakan Wetan rented low-cost apartment in Kauman Village, Temanggung Regency, on Saturday (17/6).

Kali Galeh suspension bridge connects Gandurejo Village with Kauman Village, while Soropadan suspension bridge Soropadan Village with Kalikuto Village.

In his introductory remarks, President Jokowi said that now, it is not an era when big countries beat small countries or strong countries beat weak countries, countries that do things fast beat those that are slow.

“In order to become a country that does things fast, we have to build these small (suspension) bridges like this,” the President said.

Regarding commodities issue, the President said Indonesia has been doing things monotonously, routinely and linearly for too long so Indonesia is not dare to look for other opportunities to make breakthroughs.

“We used to have an abundant supply of cacao and we had no idea how to sell it (due to the abundant supply). We export raw materials. Now the Government obliges industries to product chocolate. The industries have frown but cacao plantations have not been developed so there is no balance in supply and demand,” the President said, adding that regions should plant cacao trees and coffee when they are ready

Therefore, President Jokowi told Regencies and Governors must grab those opportunities (to develop cacao plantations).

President Jokwoi also reminded regional leaders to decide commodities that bring benefits and ask farmers to develop them.

“We’ve been thinking linier monotonously, routinely and linearly for too long. This is what we’re going to change agar so provinces compete to be fast because once gain, countries that are fast beat those that are slow and we don’t want to be left behind from other countries,” the President concluded.

Also joining the President on that occasion were Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, and Central Java Deputy Governor Heru Sudjatmoko. (DAN/RAH/ES) (EP/YM/Naster) 

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