President Joko Widodo with Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo - Photo: Special.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian government prepares East and Central Java provinces as the center of national economic development. Both province were considered to have the driving force towards the country’ export and investment performance.

President Widodo hopes that investment and development in East Java will later be able to make a major contribution to national economic growth. He advised the governors focus on the effort to completed the program as soonest as possible.

In East Java, governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa has launched a plan to build a public transportation system to connect Gresik-Bangkalan-Mojokerto-Surabaya-Sidoarjo-Lamongan or called Surabaya Eastern Ring Road. While, Central Java’ governor Ganjar Pranowo plans to build three industrial sectors such as food-drink products, textiles, and textile products, and furniture.

In the meeting with the President Joko Widodo and the ministers, Parawansa said, in addition to facilitating connectivity between one district in an industrial area in the region, it would also provide additional public transportation, including Light Rail Transit.

She also hoped that the project can be expanded to the city of Tuban, in anticipation of the Tuban refinery development project. The petrochemical project itself is still awaiting completion of land.

“We also want to provide convenience by cutting the transportation costs of goods and services around Gerbangkertasusila,” she said in Bogor Palace, on Wednesday (07/10).

In addition, she also announced plans to develop a cable car to connect major tourist destinations in the province such as Mount Bromo, the Tengger plateau and Mount Semeru to encourage development in these areas.

Previously, Parawansa had requested the assistance of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III announced to expand the capacity of Tanjung Tembaga Port in the northern coastal city of Probolinggo to allow cruise ships to dock at the port. It hope to connect the port and Mount Bromo, the Tengger plateau, Mount Semeru and get access to Sumenep.

Pranowo said there were three sectors that Central Java expected to get support from the central government namely food-drink products, textiles and textile products, and furniture. The governor explained that Central Java today competes with Vietnam again.

“We want Central Java to become the center of Indonesia’ furniture. The President understood very well about that. So we pushed this from before,” he said.

He expected that there will be industrial development in Brebes, the acceleration of connectivity infrastructure in the Borobudur area, and the strengthening or addition of capacity from the Port of Tanjung Mas, Semarang, in order to support the Kendal industrial area, Central Java.

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