The Jakarta Post
State-owned aircraft company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) has signed an agreement with the Aceh provincial administration to establish an assembly line for its N219 planes in the province.
The agreement was signed by PT DI president director Elfien Goentoro and Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf, as witnessed by State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, in Singapore on Wednesday.
They were in Singapore to attend the opening of the 2018 Singapore Airshow, which involved PT DI and national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.
The event was also attended by Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu and Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi.
Rini expressed appreciation toward the Aceh government, which had committed to safeguarding its maritime territory by equipping security officers with airplanes purchased from PT DI.
“I fully support the plan of Governor Irwandi Yusuf to purchase the planes to strengthen the province’s effort to prevent illegal fishing and the entry of narcotics,” Rini said in a written statement issued by the Aceh provincial administration.
Meanwhile, Aceh governor special staff member Hendri Yuzal said apart from establishing an assembly line for N219 planes, PT DI would also cooperate with the Aceh administration in the development of human resources, particularly to provide local people with skills so that they would have role in the assembly line.
“We thank God that a prominent state-owned enterprise like PT DI wants to open an assembly line in Aceh,” Hendri said in the statement. (bbn)