President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo this morning, Friday, June 14, 2019, began work visits to Bali by visiting Sukawati Market in Gianyar Regency. Arriving at 08.20 WITA, the President and Mrs. Iriana went straight to the field opposite Sukawati Market to hear an explanation from Gianyar Regent Made Mahayastra about the plan to revitalize Sukawati Market Blocks A, B and C.
After listening to the explanation of the revitalization plan of Sukawati Market, the President explained that the relocation of Sukawati Market traders had been carried out and the market revitalization work was targeted to be completed by 2020.
According to the Head of State, the budget used for revitalization came from the APBN amounting to Rp.89 billion and from the APBD Rp3.9 billion.
"We hope this will be finished next year," the president said when giving a press statement to the media crew at the location.
The President hopes that Sukawati Market can become a modern, clean and organized folk market that makes visitors comfortable to come and shop. Moreover, the market, which has been established for 38 years, supports 1,700 traders every day.
"If you don't go to Bali, you have not been to Sukawati to Bali. You have to shop. It supports 1,700 traders, this is amazing. I don't know how many times I've come here," he said.
For the traditional national market program, the President said the government had the same target as five years ago. According to him, over the past five years more than 5,000 large markets have been built and around 8,900 village markets.
"Going forward the same, I think we will remain the market as a meeting of sellers and buyers, products from farmers, fishermen, craftsmen. Markets throughout Indonesia do have to live," he said.
After giving a press statement, the President and Mrs. Iriana had time to shop for fruits, such as watermelon and salak.
After reviewing Sukawati Market, at 08.50 WITA the President and Mrs. Iriana and the group continued their journey to Kilobar Field, Bangli Regency. There, President Jokowi will hand over the certificate of land rights to the people.
The plan, after Friday prayer and lunch together, the President will head to the tourist area of the Muara Nusa Dua Reservoir, Denpasar City. At this location, the President is scheduled to conduct a review of rehabilitation and structuring of tourist areas.
Also present accompanied the President and Mrs. Iriana to review the market, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Special Staff to President Ari Dwipayana and Johan Budi, and Bali Governor I Wayan Koster.
Budi Nugroho P.