VP candidate Gibran Rakabuming Raka pledges infrastructure boost and economic growth outside Java, focusing on Maluku

During a visit to Ambon on Monday, Gibran Rakabuming Raka also threw light on the importance of building new economic growth centers outside Java. This was said in regarding to Maluku.

The candidate for the post of Vice President, Gibran Rakabuming Raka has given a word to open new access points in Maluku and improve the connectivity, which will eventually create development all across Indonesia. During a visit to Ambon on Monday, Gibran Rakabuming Raka also threw light on the importance of building new economic growth centres outside Java. This was said regarding Maluku.

As per a statement given by Gibran from Ambon to the Antara news agency, he stated, “We want equitable development. Opening new access, connectivity, because Maluku is an archipelago.” Gibran also says that they want new points of economic growth and so not only in Java. The investment outside Java has reached almost 53 per cent, said The Surakarta, mayor, of Central Java.

The regions that had not completely benefited from balanced development, he said his team would pay full and undivided attention to those regions. Gibran, during a meeting with the local customary kings, said that Maluku has great potential in tourism, maritime business and also natural resources. In the case of the maritime sector, Gibran also said that he would introduce fishery downstream.

In a statement, Gibran added, “We no longer want to send raw materials. We want to have cannery and cold storage facilities with a large capacity, so we can store our products for a prolonged period.” Gibran further added by saying that fishery derivative products will solve problems in other sectors.

Gibran most importantly emphasized that he and the presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto would pay special attention to the regions that had not yet enjoyed full equitable development.

Gibran said, “Currently, the best investment is an investment in children. We want to implement a free lunch program.” With this, he also stressed the major need to take care of and improve the human resources in several different regions and very particularly by investing in children.