Why Jokowi doesn’t want Indonesia to import asphalt

Why Jokowi doesn’t want Indonesia to import asphalt
President Jokowi, accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung inspected asphalt plant owned by PT Wika Bitumen in Buton, Thursday (27/9). (Source: Presidential Secretariat Press Bureau/Laily Rachev)

Jakarta, IO – President Joko Widodo emphasized that the government will stop importing asphalt. This is because there is a very large asphalt reserve in Buton regency, Southeast Sulawesi, but the production is not active.

“We have already decided, in two years there will be no asphalt imports,” Jokowi said in an official statement broadcast by the Cabinet Secretariat, Thursday (29/9).

Jokowi directed his ministers to initiate asphalt production in Buton through various cooperation schemes with state-owned enterprises (SOE) and the private sector.

“Everything has to be done by Buton. SOEs and the private sector are welcomed. They can also establish a joint venture with foreign firms. But we want added value from the asphalt production in Buton,” he said.