One of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s hallmark campaign promises was the acceleration of infrastructure development. His ambitious targets included the construction of 24 seaports, 15 airports, power plants with a capacity of 35,000 megawatts and the development of nine million hectares of agriculture land by 2019.
During his early days as president, his clear priority and borderline obsession with building infrastructure resonated strongly with investors and the international community. His particular focus on three main sectors, namely education, health care and infrastructure, was a clear departure from his predecessor, who prioritized every sector.
His rhetoric was followed by concrete action when the revised 2015 budget included a 34 percent increase in the budget alloc...
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