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Jokowi inaugurates longest bridge in eastern Indonesia

  • Ayomi Amindoni
    Ayomi Amindoni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 4, 2016   /  10:34 pm
Jokowi inaugurates longest bridge in eastern Indonesia President Joko Widodo and his attendants walk across the Merah-Putih (red and white) Bridge in Maluku. Stretching 1.14 kilometers, it makes the bridge the longest in eastern Indonesia. (setkab.go.id/-)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has inaugurated the 1.14 kilometer  Merah Putih Bridge in Ambon, Maluku. It is the longest bridge in eastern Indonesia.

At the inauguration ceremony, Jokowi expressed his hope that the bridge could be a new icon of tourism in Ambon. During the event, the President was accompanied by Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono and Maluku Governor Said Assegaf.

"The beauty of Ambon city, particularly Ambon Bay will be enjoyed by visitors," said Jokowi in a press statement in Jakarta on Monday, adding that the bridge was part of the government’s focus on infrastructure.

He also underlined that accelerating deregulation and infrastructure development were necessities to becoming more globally competitive, as inadequate infrastructure would deter investors from putting money in the country.

Regarding regulation, Jokowi warned that there were 3,000 problematic regional regulations. He requested the House of Representatives to create rules that help encourage the mobility of the people. (ags)

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