Yoseph Kelen, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo says that the facilities along the nation's border with Timor Leste should be improved, along with the quality of customs, immigration and quarantine services.
At the Mota'ain border crossing in the Belu district of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province on Saturday, Joko said that all such services should be brought under one roof next year.
The president added that the living conditions of people in the area should also be boosted. "You can see that the people living here haven't been given much attention, but that is what we will do before we start improving [the situation at the border]," Joko said.
New hospital opened
During his trip to West Timor, the president on Saturday also officially opened a new branch of Siloam Hospitals in the NTT capital of Kupang.
Siloam Hospitals, which like the Jakarta Globe is affiliated with the Lippo Group, announced last week that it had set aside as much as $140 million to finance its domestic expansion plans.
The company aims to build up to 10 hospitals next year and operate 40 hospitals by the end of 2017. As of this September, Siloam operated 18 hospitals across 13 Indonesian cities.