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Jakarta Post

Top officials to meet on West Java's growth and equality

  • Prima Wirayani

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung, West Java   /   Tue, September 26, 2017   /   09:09 pm
Top officials to meet on West Java's growth and equality Pangandaran Beach, one of the most popular destinations in West Java. (Shutterstock/File)

Senior officials from the central government and the West Java administration will hold a coordination meeting to address issues that hamper economic growth in the province.

Among the high-profile figures, who will attend the meeting in Bandung on Wednesday will be Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Agus Martowardojo, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto and Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono.

"The meeting scope will be on the promising economic potential and strategic infrastructure of West Java," BI executive director for monetary and economic policy Dody Budi Waluyo told a press briefing on Tuesday.

The infrastructure development is expected to improve the competitiveness of potential sectors and address inequality in development, he added.

The province, which contributes around 13 percent of the country’s economic growth, behind only Jakarta and East Java, continues to struggle with inequality between its northern and southern parts.

West Java's economic growth stood at 5.28 percent in this year's first half, higher than the national economic growth of 5.01 percent.

However, areas located in the southern part of the region, such as Sukabumi, Ciamis, Garut and Tasik, saw lower-than-average growth because of a lack of infrastructure, BI's West Java representative office head Wiwiek Sisto Widayat said. "We will discuss ways to connect the northern, central and southern parts [of West Java] tomorrow," he told reporters. (bbn)