The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has urged vendors at the Giwangretno Market in Kebumen, Central Java, to maintain the market’s hygiene and sanitation.
He highlighted the two main issues during his visit to the newly revitalized traditional market on Wednesday.
"Every day we must clean up the market to maintain its hygiene, so it’s no less attractive than malls and supermarkets," Jokowi said as quoted from a statement made available to thejakartapost.com on Wednesday.
President Jokowi advised all market vendors to arrange their products as attractively as possible, he said, adding that they should also must be friendly to their customers.
Under its revitalization program, the Giwangretno Market has expanded to 4,013 square meters from the previous 3,678. The number of kiosks and vendors has increased from 66 kiosks with 411 vendors to 73 kiosks with 463 traders.
Previously, Giwangretno trading activities took place only twice a week with revenue amounting to Rp 61.65 million (US$4,608.33) a day. Currently, the market is open every day with an expected revenue of Rp104 million a day.
On Wednesday morning, President Jokowi also inaugurated the Manis I Market in Banyumas. A year ago, Jokowi launched the traditional market revitalization program for this market.
During his speech, Jokowi invited all vendors in the Manis I Market to expand their businesses by getting bank loans through the government-backed micro loan program (KUR), if needed. (ebf)
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