Jakarta: President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) made a one-day working visit to Malang, East Java, on Monday.
The president and entourage took off from Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base Jakarta using the Indonesian-1 Presidential Aircraft at 8:45 a.m. local time.
The Working Cabinet ministers who accompanied President Jokowi during this visit, included Minister of State Pratikno and Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi.
President Jokowi will officially open the Pandaan-Malang toll road section I-III from Pandaan to Singosari for 31 kilometers.
Meanwhile, the section IV-V of Singosari-Malang, along 7.48 kilometers is still under construction.
The Pandaan-Malang Toll Road has a total length of 38.5 kilometers consisting of five sections.
The section 1 is Pandaan to Purwodadi along 15.5 km; the section 2 Purwodadi-Lawang, 8.05 km long; the section 3 Lawang-Singosari along 7.10 km; the section 4 Singosari-Pakis along 4.75 km; and the section 5 Pakis-Malang is 3.11 km long.
Solid national economic growth was recorded at 5.07 percent (yoy) in the first quarter of 2019, pointing to maintained domestic economic performance despite retreating from 5.18 percent (yoy) in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Seasonal factors at the beginning of the year as well as the impact of weaker-than-expected global economic gains contributed to the moderate economic downturn in Indonesia.
Economic growth in the first quarter of 2019 was primarily driven by domestic demand on the back of consumption by non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH) and households.
NPISH consumption growth accelerated to 16.93 percent (yoy) in the reporting period from 10.79 percent (yoy) in the three months to December 2018, buoyed by spending on preparations for the 2019 General Election.
Household consumption also remained solid as a consequence of controlled inflation, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, notwithstanding slight moderation from 5.08 percent (yoy) to 5.01 percent (yoy) in the first quarter of 2019. (Antara)