Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia after Meeting with Acehnese Youth at PT Pupuk Iskandar Muda Meeting Hall, North Aceh Regency, Aceh Province, February 10, 2023

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 10 Februari 2023
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President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

We had a discussion on opportunities, including employment opportunities and opportunities in the sectors of agriculture, plantation, fisheries, and creative industry. We had a discussion on several subject matters. They had a request for a creative hub in Aceh and I have agreed to fulfill the request. We will build a large creative hub, worth Rp150 billion, in Banda Aceh. The creative hub will facilitate them to carry out activities in the creative industry, including animation making, content creation, fintech and in other sectors.

Journalist
What is the aim of having a dialogue with the Acehnese youth, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
The aim is to boost optimism. We want to boost optimism.

Journalist
Mr. Jokowi, related to the construction of the factory. We still have a deficit of around 10 million from the target. When do you think we will reach the target?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

I have ordered Minister of State-Owned Enterprises to reactivate PIM and AAF, because we are short of fertilizers, including ammonia, urea and NPK fertilizers. We have an investment of 1.7 [trillion] for NPK and later 570 [thousand tons] times two. We hope that it will be resolved soon, because the problem was the gas. Minister Erick Thohir said that the gas problem has been resolved. It means that we can immediately start this and can maximize the capacity. I am glad the supply of 13.5 million tons, and the additional 570,000 [tons] times two, will solve the fertilizer shortage in several provinces. Problems on subsidized fertilizers can also be resolved. Today, fertilizer is a global problem.

Journalist
Do regions have the potential for developing this sector, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
For fertilizer, we are building [a factory] in Fakfak, West Papua. We’re starting the construction this year. Thank you.

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