Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia at Rammang-Rammang Railway Station, Maros Regency, South Sulawesi Province, March 29, 2023

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 29 Maret 2023
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Reporter

How is the progress of the railroad project, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

The railway is part of our big project of trans Sulawesi from the south region in Makassar to the north region in Manado, North Sulawesi province. This project will be completed in a long run and this is the first railway system on the island of Sulawesi. We hope that the people will no longer use private cars and private vehicles en masse. The train is good, convenient, and clean so that the people are expected to use public transport to reduce traffic congestion. I have boarded the train from Maros to Rammang-Rammang. The train was convenient.

Reporter

What about Vale [PT. Vale Indonesia], sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Regarding Vale, the calculation process is being carried out by relevant ministries. The decision will be announced immediately. We aim to seek the best benefit for the people and the country.

Reporter

Will the contract be extended, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

We haven’t made any decision. The calculation process is underway.

Reporter

Mr President, the position of South Sulawesi Provincial Secretary is currently vacant. Has a decision been made, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

[The draft] hasn’t reached my desk yet. If it reaches my desk, I will complete the process immediately.

Reporter

Mr President, the position of Minister of Youth and Sports is currently vacant. Is there any reshuffle plan, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Immediately.

Reporter

When?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Immediately.

Reporter

How do you feel about your visit to South Sulawesi, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

I have visited South Sulawesi dozens of times.

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