Remarks of President of the Republic of Indonesia at the Inauguration of Johar Market in Semarang City, Central Java Province, January 5, 2022
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
May prosperity be upon us all.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Alhamdulillah, Johar Market area, which includes of North Johar Central Johar Market, South Johar Market, and Kanjengan Market is ready for use by the sellers. Of course, people use the market to shop for their necessities.
The market is an essential center of people’s economic activity and a busy market will indicate growth of the people’s economy and bring impacts on the production sector. Where do shallots and garlic farmers take the commodities to? To the market. For those who produce tofu and tempeh, how do they get consumers? Through the market as well.
Therefore, once again, a busy market indicates the people’s economic growth due to transactions of buying and selling activities in it. This will drive the people’s economic supply chain.
Today, I am delighted to see firsthand the market, which has been revitalized. It has been made cleaner, neater, more modern [in design], and well-organized, without violating any rules since it is a cultural heritage building.
North Johar market and Central Johar market were built with a budget of Rp146 billion, while South Johar market was built with a budget of Rp103 billion. In order to increase the market trading capacity, Kanjengan Market was also built with a budget of Rp20.3 billion.
I hope that the neatly-organized Johar market will continue to be a bustling market and can bring back past glory of Johar market as a landmark of the city. Keep it clean and safe so that this market will remain clean, neat, and well-organized, instead of being a dirty and smelly market.
That concludes my remarks.
And by saying bismillahirrahmanirrahim, this afternoon I hereby inaugurate Johar Market.
I thank you.
Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
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