Provincial government of West Sumatra is optimistic to make Sikakap seaport on Mentawai Island as the biggest Integrated Center of Marine Fisheries in the Western Indonesia. Fishery potential in the West Sumatra, especially on Mentawai Island is not optimally utilized yet. The development of Sikakap seaport could answer the challenge of distribution of fishery product which is constrained. Vice Governor of West Sumatera, Nasrul Abit mentioned that the Integrated Center of Marine Fisheries at Sikakap seaport will accommodate cultivation fishery products and capture fisheries at sea. He also explained, fishery products from Mentawai will be exported easier through Bungus seaport. Access to Bungus is easier after the Integrated Center of Marine Fisheries of Sikakap is built. Nasrul Abit added that all marine potential in Mentawai could increase people’s welfare if it is able to be cultivated well. He also said that it’s time for Mentawai to focus on working on sustainable economic potential, rather than surviving with timber commodities that have been taken decades from Mentawai. Meanwhile, regent of Mentawai Island, Yudas Sabaggalet added that Integrated Center of Marine Fisheries of Sikakap has been completed with access to the location and support of 15 ships for fishermen. The government promotes cooperation among cooperative of fisherman in Sikakap with Public Company of Fishery of Indonesia Perindo.
Tjipto Mangoenkoesoemo statue was inaugurated in Ambarawa, Central Java. The statue of figure of Indonesian independence movement is expected to awaken the spirit of nationalism. The statue was inaugurated by Home Affair minister, Tjahjo Kumolo, on Saturday (3/3). Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said dr. Tjipto Mangoenkoesoemo was one of the pioneers of the National awakening movement. According to the minister, the inauguration of the statue is an appreciation to Tjipto Mangoenkoesoemo’s service for the Indonesian independence. Through his ideas in his writing, Tjipto Mangoenkoeoesmo was able to awake spirit of Indonesian people to be free from colonialism. Tjipto Mangoenkoesoemo along with Douwes Dekker and Ki Hajar Dewantara are 3 heroes who are known triad. They had role to spread out ideas about the Indonesian government and very critical against the Dutch colonial government at that time. Tjipto Mangunkusumo was burried at Kupang public cemetry, Ambarawa. Hopefully, with the existence of Tjipto Mangoenkoesoemo statue on Jalan Jenderal Sudirman and also dr. Tjipto park, the national figure will be always remembered by people.
Provincial government of South Kalimantan will propose Kiram, natural tourism area as Special Economic Zone of tourism to the central government. Head of Tourism office of South Kalimantan, Heriansyah said in Banjarmasin, on Saturday that besides Kiram, other tourism objects which proposed to be Special Economic Zone in 2018, are Mt. Mawar, Riam Kanan, Kahong valley etc. The potential of the tourism objects will be introduced to the world. According to Heriansyah, besides Loksado, South Kalimantan has other beautiful natural tourism potential, but lack of promotion. Heriansyah also said, to increase and introduce the tourism potential, the provincial government held promotion of tourism destination on March 2-4 in 13 regencies and cities of South Kalimantan with the theme South Kalimantan Tour Travel Fair 2018. Heriansyah also said that the event had 48 participants, consisted of travel bureaus, hotels, government’s institution and banks. According to Heriansyah, the event was as effort to support national program, namely to invite one million foreign tourists. Meanwhile, South Kalimantan governor, Sahbirin Noor said that his office will continue to support tourism development efforts both for infrastructure and promotion. The governor also said that South Kalimantan is trying to explore the other potential of new economic growth, outside mining. One of them is tourism which proven to be able to give big contribution for improving the economy of the local people.