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21 Jan, 2018

Indonesia to develop border areas to boost social justice

Jakarta (ANTARA News) 18th January 2018 – Development in border areas promotes social justice for all people across Indonesia, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto stated.

“All people of Indonesia should get justice. People of Indonesia not only live in cities but many of them also reside in rural areas, and they need social justice and welfare,” he noted during a coordination meeting of Control and Management of State Border Areas in 2017 and Sharpening of Priority Programs in 2018 in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The meeting was held by the National Border Management Agency.

He pointed out that the government had several tasks to accomplish to support development in border areas, including building social and economic infrastructure.

“Development in Indonesian regions is not yet complete. It should be well-planned and organized,” he remarked.

He emphasized that comfort and prosperity should be guaranteed to the people in border areas, so they will be proud of their country.

He pointed out that all elements of the nation should focus on realizing equitable development across regions of Indonesia.

Border areas need adequate infrastructure, including schools, health community centers, mosques, and markets, so that more people will be able to lead a comfortable life, and economic activities will improve.

Earlier, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had vowed to not disregard regions and stay committed to realizing equitable development across all regions of Indonesian through a nation-centric concept.

The head of stat conveyed his promise while delivering a speech at the 2018 National Coordination Meeting of Volunteers of President Jokowi at the Tilangga Auditorium in Rote District, East Nusa Tenggara Province, on Monday (Jan 9).

Deputy Secretary of Protocol, Press, and Media of the Presidential Secretariat Bey Machmudin stated that in the last three years of Jokowi`s leadership, regional development was intensively conducted from the border areas to the frontier, outermost, and remote regions in Indonesia. It was in line with the government`s nine-point development agenda to make Indonesia a developed country through nation-centric development.

“We not only develop Java and Sumatra but also all regions in Indonesia, from Sabang to Merauke and from Miangas to Rote Island,” Jokowi noted.

Jokowi highlighted that the development of infrastructure, such as port, railway lines, and road networks, remains a priority of the government, especially in the border areas.

“Infrastructure development is aimed at fostering a populist economy,” he remarked during the Three National Pillar Coordination Meeting of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle at the ICE BSD City, Tangerang District, Banten Province, on Saturday (Dec 16).