Yohanes Seo, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has expressed his appreciation to the Public Works Ministry for establishing border outpost (PLBN) in the border between Indonesia and Timor Leste.
"The PLBN construction is better than that of over there [Timor Leste]," President Jokowi said in his opening remarks in the inauguration of three border outposts centered in Mota'ain, Belu District, East Nusa Tenggara, on Wednesday, December 28, 2016.
There are three outposts in the border between Indonesia and Timor Leste. The outposts are located in Belu District's Mota'ain and Motamasin, and North Central Timor District, which serve as entry points to neighboring country Timor-Leste.
In the early stage of the border outpost construction, Jokowi said he had asked the Public Works Minister to make better border outposts than Timor Leste's. "I had asked for better [border outposts] than that of over there. The results are too good. Too grand," he said.
On the occasion, the President instructed the Public Works Minister to establish a traditional market in Mota'ain, the border between Indonesia and Timor Leste, and expected it to complete by 2017.
"I expect to see Mota'ain to becoming an economic area. In 2017, [I also expect Public Works Ministry] to complete construction of a traditional market in the border," Jokowi said.
The traditional market, Jokowi said, can bring together the people of the two countries, turning it into an economic area which can boost growth in East Nusa Tenggara.