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Larger, better port to boost economy

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Sibolga, North Sumatra   /   Thu, March 21 2019   /  03:10 am
Joko Widodo (JP/Seto Wardhana)(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Joko Widodo (JP/Seto Wardhana)Sibolga Port on the west coast of North Sumatra is expected to help expand the economy of the province and its surrounding regions following its inauguration by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Sunday.In his speech, Jokowi said the renovation works could revive its heydays of the 1970s as a vital port to help boost economic activities in the region.“When I was an elementary school student in the 1970s, the Sibolga Port was well-known among students. Now, we need to revive the port in facilitating the mobility of goods and services,” he added.The port’s expansion has increased the capacity of its passenger terminal from 80 people to 500. In total, it has an area of 2,786 square meters.Jokowi said the government would enhance the port’s facilities to improve logistics in the region.“We will hopefully add crude palm oil [CPO] storage facilities a...