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'€˜I'€™m ready to face new challenges,'€™ says maritime affairs minister

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sun, October 26, 2014 | 07:05 pm

Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Susilo says he is ready to face the challenges of developing Indonesia as a global maritime center through his office.

'€œThe Office of the Coordinating Maritime Minister is a new office at which I will face new challenges,'€ he said as quoted by Antara news agency after President Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo announced his Cabinet lineup at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Sunday evening.

Indroyono said he was first contacted by President Jokowi'€™s presidential staff on Oct.18, when he was in Rome, Italy.

Prior to the appointment, Indroyono served as the fisheries management director at the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

'€œAfter I received a phone call from President Jokowi and was invited to meet him, I immediately returned to Jakarta. On Oct.21, I met the President at the Presidential Palace,'€ he said.

Indroyono further said that during the meeting, Jokowi expressed hope that he could help develop Indonesia as a global maritime post through the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister, which will coordinate four ministries and a number of governmental non-ministerial institutions.

Indroyono said that becoming the coordinating maritime affairs minister was quite challenging because it was a brand new office.

'€œI have to find a new office and new staff members, so it is really a new challenge for me,'€ he said.

Indroyono said he would formulate an applicable program for the next five years. '€œAfter the inauguration ceremony tomorrow [Monday], I will be ready to develop my country and nation, Indonesia,'€ he said. (ebf)