The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has arrived in Bali ahead of the G20 Summit that will start next week. As ever, President Widodo, known locally as Jokowi, has got straight to work on the Island of the Gods. Shortly after he touched down, he officially opened the new VVIP Terminal at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport and three new maritime developments on the island.
The inauguration event was held at the VVIP Building at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport. Jokowi signed an inscription that officially marked the new infrastructure as open and operational. As well as officially opening the new VVIP Terminal, Jokowi’s signature also formally opened the new developments at Sanur Port, Sampalan Port, and Bias Munjul Port.
His speech was well received. The inauguration event was also attended by the Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster. Jokowi addressed the gathered audience and reporters to share his blessings for the future successes of the new developments. He said, “By saying bismillahirrahmanirrahim [In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate], this afternoon I inaugurate the VVIP Building at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, the second is Sanur Port, the third is Sampalan Port, and the fourth is Bias Munjul Port in Nusa Ceningan, Bali Province.”
The event was also attended by Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, who noted that the new developments could be attributed to the momentum created by Indonesia’s Presidency of the G20 this year. Sumadi said, “So indeed we take the momentum of the arrival of world leaders and all stakeholders, there is the minister of finance, the minister of transportation, all kinds of things come here to see that Indonesia is not what it used to be, it has changed.”
Minister Sumadi told reporters that the redevelopments at Sanur Port, Sampalan Port, and Bias Munjul Port had been conducted as per Jokowi’s directives. The developments have been designed to streamline transportation operations in Bali, especially within the tourism sector. Sumadi explained, “We have prepared proper piers, and at those piers, we have also made them in Sampalan and Bias Munjul so that those who come to Nusa Penida, Bali Sanur are proper”.
The Transport Minister confirmed that President Widodo is suitably impressed with the developments in Bali, publicly and privately. He said, ‘Mr. President saw this building. He said it was very beautiful. The President has repeatedly commented, saying ‘good, good, good’. Even the Port of Sanur will surprise Mr. President Jokowi because he did not imagine that there would be a unique port in Indonesia”.
During his speech, Minister Sumadi thanked the Bali Provincial Government, including Governor Koster, for ensuring the projects reached completion on time and to such a high standard.
He said, “This is very important. Imagine a foreign head of state who comes to Indonesia, it will give an impression, and they will see the first part of this building which displays minimalist paintings and beautiful Balinese carvings which will show the world that Balinese culture is very universal, Balinese culture can harmonious traditional modern in the form of buildings. For that, I am very grateful to the Governor of Bali Wayan Koster for his support”.
Governor Koster reciprocated the gratitude for his senior ministers saying, ‘I also thank the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi, despite the pandemic, the construction of these three ports can continue and can be completed on time…I also thank the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi, despite the pandemic, the construction of these three ports can continue and can be completed on time”. The new port developments are now referred to as the Golden Triangle of Bali, designed to create an efficient movement of people and goods across the archipelago.
Sanur’s new fast boat pier is now open and operational. The fast boat services from Sanur run to Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan Lombok, and the Gili Islands. It is the departure point of choice for hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. Now tourists will be able to step off the pier and onto their fast boat, rather than wade through the shallow waters and clamber onto the boats.
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