Indonesian president checks port progress

Jakarta: Indonesia’s president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is scheduled to hold impromptu visits that will include Merak Port, West Java, and Bakauheni Port in Lampung, as well as Panjang Port in the country.

The visits (popularly known as “blusukan”) will begin in Lampung on Tuesday and are part of Jokowi’s plans to prioritise the province’s development projects and boost its low economic growth.

The president will travel to Lampung from Jakarta on land routes via Merak Port in West Java and Bakauheni Port in Lampung, the head of Lampung’s Development Planning Board (Bappeda), Fahrizal Darminto, told press. 

Jokowi will also visit Indonesia’s state-owned port operator Pelindo II to see the progress of Panjang Port. The port is part of the government’s plan to develop maritime ‘highways’ and increase Indonesia’s profile as a maritime centre. [24/11/14]

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