APPSI Seminar on Islands: Governor Shares Development Experience in Seribu Islands
Reported by Yudha Peta Ogara | Translated by Nugroho Adibrata
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan attended an online Seminar on Consolidating the Concept of Provinces with Archipelagic Characteristics, on Thursday (8/4).
We're trying to present equal opportunities for Jakarta in the Archipelago and the Mainland
The seminar was held by the Indonesian Provincial Government Association (APPSI) in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi.
In his speech, the governor explained that the theme of Consolidating Provinces with Archipelagic Characteristics was a very important issue to be used as material for policy making. Hence, he shared his experience in Jakarta, namely the development of the Seribu IslandsPublic Seminar: Discussing Future of Urban Village Empowerment in Jakarta with Speakers
“We're trying to present equal opportunities for Jakarta in the Archipelago and the Mainland. By seriously preparing basic infrastructure thus people living on islands and mainland do not feel inequality," he explained, as quoted by Jakarta PPID's press release.
He went on to say that the Jakarta administration prioritized basic infrastructure development such as access to clean water. As we know, in Seribu Islands, the Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) technology has been operated which converts seawater into clean water for residents' activities.
“We asked the Pasar Jaya to have a wholesale center on one of the islands. So, the stalls in the Seribu Islands I want to sell don't have to go to the mainland, but they do it from one of the islands there. So, locals who want to open a kiosk to sell don't need to go to the mainland but from one of the islands there," he explained.
"Regarding high transportation costs, we take the example of Sebira Island. Previously, the boat to get there took 8 hours and only 2 times a week. In 2018, we bought a boat that could go from Marina to Sebira in 2.5 hours and operate every day. And then Sebira changed with the density of economic interactions, even now they demand to ask for an ATM," he continued.
He asserted that development in the islands requires seriousness, especially budget allocation, despite the population on the islands being less than on the mainland.
"This is about our seriousness in allocating the budget and this must be done. Besides Jakarta as the capital city, we are optimistic that other islands can also develop. And this is where the principle of this republic was founded, namely to bring social justice to all its people," he asserted.