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Riau Islands Will Become the New Economic Center

Written By Kepri Online on Sunday, February 27, 2011 | 20:34

Barelang Bridge in Batam, Riau Islands
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono optimistic Riau Islands Province will become the new economic center, so it can compete with Singapore.

"This our place is Singapore's satellites. We will be the new economy center," Yudhoyono said when opening a working meeting at the Raja Haji Fisabilillah airport, Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands, on Sunday (27/2).

The President explained, to reach that target, all parties must work hard to build the Riau Islands.

Development must accommodate local interests, namely to increase the local economy. In addition, national interests must also be met, in the form of accelerating national economic growth.

The President also requested the development of Riau Islands attention to four main objectives, namely economic growth, employment growth, poverty reduction, and environment maintenance.

"In time it will be a center that is not inferior to Singapore," the president said.

The meeting was held after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Sunday morning, collecting a number of ministers and some officials at the center in Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands.

The ministers arrived at the Raja Haji Fisabilillah airport, Tanjungpinang, at around 08.30 pm. They arrived at the airport in turn.

The ministers include Environment Minister Gusti Mohammad Hatta, Minister of Industry,MS Hidayat, Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan, Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Fadel Muhammad, head of the Investment Coordinating Board Gita Wirjawan.

In addition, there is also the Minister of Agriculture Suswono and Chairman of the National Economic Committee Chaerul Tanjung who arrived in Tanjungpinang using a special jet.

Previously, a number of ministers were in Tanjungpinang to accompany the President, among others, the Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Agung Laksono, The Coordinating Minister for Economic Hatta Rajasa, Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, and Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi.

After arriving at the airport, the minister of a short break in one conference room. At around 09:00 pm, they were together toward the other room to start the meeting. (source: kepri.antaranews.com)

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