The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has extended his business trip to the United States by one day, a city administration official has said, meaning the governor will spend a total of 10 days outside the capital after departing the night of July 9.
Jakarta Regional Head and Foreign Cooperation Bureau head M. Mawardi said the governor would arrive in Jakarta on Friday morning after previously planning to arrive in the capital on Thursday.
“[Anies] is now on the airplane. Insya Allah [God willing] tomorrow [he will arrive], and immediately [return to work] because he will arrive in the morning at 7 a.m.,” he said on Thursday at City Hall.
Mawardi said Anies had extended his visit to the US to fulfill an additional appointment.
“On the last day, we were informed there was an additional appointment,” he added.
The additional agenda item is a meeting with a representative of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C.
The city administration delivered a letter to the Home Ministry to inform the central government of the extension.
“We have informed the minister through a letter saying that tomorrow [the governor] will arrive in Jakarta,” he said.
Anies began his business trip by traveling to Columbia on July 9 to speak at the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum (WCSMF), which was held from July 10 to 12.
He then traveled to New York to meet with top officials of the prestigious Formula E motor racing series, after which he announced via Instagram that Jakarta would host an electric car race in mid-2020.
Anies also visited Washington D.C to attend an event held by the United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO).
Since his inauguration in Oct. 2017, Anies has visited seven countries. (sau)