The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has pledged to continue his infrastructure programs in his second and final five-year term, with a focus on connecting the existing infrastructure to optimize their use.
“We will accelerate [development] and connect the infrastructure projects, such as toll roads, railways, seaports and airports,” Jokowi said on Sunday during the “Indonesian Vision” rally at the Sentul International Convention Center in Bogor, West Java .
The rally was a platform for outlining his visions for the 2019-2024 term.
Jokowi and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin were formally declared the winners of the 2019 presidential election following the Constitutional Court's decision on June 27, which rejected all claims made in the election dispute filed by the rival candidates, Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.
Jokowi also promised that the infrastructure projects would open marketing and distribution access to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), plantations and fisheries to boost regional economies.
“Our focus is to improve connectivity,” Jokowi stressed, saying that transportation infrastructure would link to industrial estates and tourist destinations,
Jokowi focused on developing new infrastructure during his first term, starting with a budget of Rp 155 trillion (US11.11 billion) in 2014 that was then increased to Rp 410 trillion in 2018.
The Public Works and Housing Ministry has paved 3,432 kilometers of conventional roads in the country and constructed 941 kilometers of toll roads during Jokowi's first presidential term from 2014-2019.
The administration also developed more than 50 irrigation reservoirs across the archipelago under Jokowi's "outside in" infrastructure initiative, which focused on developing the country from its outermost regions. (bbn)