Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia at the Inauguration of Mandalika Circuit and Lombok International Airport’s Bypass, 12 November 2021, at the Mandalika Special Economic Zone, West Nusa Tenggara Province

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 12 November 2021
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Reporter:

Mr. President. How was it?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo):

Since the Mandalika Circuit is new and it just rained, I can’t go fast. Nevertheless, I think everyone else was behind me.

Reporter:

How about the track, Sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo):

Well, there are many sharp turns. There are 17 sharp turns which are very difficult for me. I think it would be no problem for the racers but it was for me.

Reporter:

So, what do you want to tell to all Indonesians and the international community since now Indonesia has a circuit?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo):

Ok, ok. First, we want to invite all to visit Mandalika, particularly to attend events to be held in Mandalika Circuit. Nevertheless, strict health protocols will continue to be imposed. I also had ordered [COVID-19] Task Force to monitor the events, so that the enforcement of health protocols in the management of the events can be maintained.

Reporter:

Sir, what are the impacts on the economy?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo):

We expect it can create new centers for economic growth in West Nusa Tenggara. I also hope Mandalika Circuit will annually organize big events which will contribute to economic growth in the province.

Reporter:

What are the next measures to further develop this area besides developing venue for racing?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo):

We try this out first, the World Superbike, and MotoGP later. Afterwards, we will evaluate the events so we’ll know the direction.

Thank you. (RAS/MMB)

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