Jokowi takes IMF boss to hospital, market
The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomed International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde on Monday at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta before taking her on a tour of several places in the city.
Jokowi and Lagarde arrived at Pertamina Hospital in South Jakarta at 11.10 a.m. to observe the implementation of the Healthy Indonesia Card (KIS) at the hospital.
"At the palace, Madame Lagarde asked us about the social security system. So we took her here," The President said at the hospital.
He revealed that the government had distributed KIS to 92.4 million people, while membership in the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) had reached 193.1 million people. "The social security system in Indonesia is one of the biggest in the world," Jokowi said.
Meanwhile, Lagarde said she was impressed by the huge number of people covered by the Indonesian social security system and the quick patient handling at the hospital.
"I come from France where we have a social security system that was established a long time ago. Covering 90 million with social security is fantastic, bravo to you Mr. President and everybody working here," she said.
From the hospital, Jokowi and his guest travelled to Tanah Abang Market, Southeast Asia's biggest textile center and arrived at 12.10 p.m. "I invited Madame Lagarde here to show her Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia," said Jokowi, adding that Lagarde bought a baju koko, a long-sleeved collarless shirt often wore by Indonesian Muslim men, for her husband. (bbn)
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