Jakarta, April 30, 2016 (Antara) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in early April toured several eastern Indonesian regions to inaugurate seaports as part of his sea toll program.
Near the end of the month, he came back to the region for his traditional market development program.
The head of state inaugurated the Amahami Market in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, April 29, and attended the groundbreaking ceremony of Mama-mama Market in Jayapura, and visited Pharaa and Doyo Baru Markets in Sentani, Papua the next day.
The development of 5,000 traditional markets and modernizing of the old ones are among the Jokowi administration's Nawacita (Nine Priorities) program during his five-year term.
In Bima, he called for increasing connectivity among traditional markets in West Nusa Tenggara, including to the newly inaugurated Amahami Market and those in other provinces.
"If possible, it should be connected with (those in) other districts and cities," Jokowi stated in his opening remarks.
Connectivity would offer greater benefits to vendors and farmers, he noted.