Personal insights of the Presidential visit to the Mandalika site in Lombok, October 20, 2017.
It is not every day the president of your nation comes to speak on the beach directly outside your head office. This was a personal experience for me and one that I would like to share. I have been based I Indonesia most of my life and specifically in Lombok for 8 years in my capacity as a western professional – kings college London trained civil structural engineer, Design Manager and Senior Project Manager. As a specialist in the construction and development field I proceed with a sustainable value system, holding the Indonesian franchise for Global Earth Check, and interfacing between the local community of business owners and ITDC – the Indonesian Tourism Development Committee.
President Jokowi is proving to be refreshingly real in his approach to people. He warmed my heart in his directness in dealing with the official introducing him at his big presentation in the Mandalika resort on Friday 20th October. The introductory speech was frequently interrupted with coughing, leading to the official delivering the speech apologising that he was so excited to have the president attend that he was unable to complete his speech. The president took over and kindly but firmly told the official in no uncertain terms that he wasn’t over excited he simply smokes too much and that they like d him and he did a good enough job and so they let him continue…but he smoked too much. Now where in the world is a politician so warm familial and direct? No wonder this president is so loved in Indonesia.
He is so real.
He went on th explain that he signs for 4000 trees to be planted. 1000 trees get planted and most of hem died as there is no correct system for their care kept in place. Tis he told the populace is no longer good enough. If 4000 trees are signs for 4000 must be planted and. 4000 must be tended to keep them healthy and enable them to grow. This is the level that projects in Indonesia must come to be run at. This is to be the national aspiration and standard.
Here’s the article from the Jakarta post following Jokowi’s speech in Lombok for those of you who have missed it and the points he clearly laid out for this development. In his visit to Lombok President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo finally officiated the Special Economic Zone (KEK) Mandalika in Central Lombok West Nusa Tenggara on Oct. 20, after 29 years in Lombok. Mandalika is one of the Tourism Ministry’s 10 Priority Destinations, also known as 10 New Balis, and the inauguration marks the beginning of tourism development in that area. For 29 years, Mandalika had been dealing with land acquisition problem. It wasn’t until the President released a presidential instruction (inpres) that the regional administration in Mandalika could finally deal with the acquisitions that took only two months to get done.
The development of KEK Mandalika is a huge program and provides job opportunities for the locals.
Moreover, Jokowi wanted for all parties involved in the development to focus on five things. First, ITDC as the developer is the one who’s responsible for managing Mandalika.
Second, the design layout should be nice and clear; ITDC also needs to set an area for souvenir shops.
The next one is to strengthen local content over international design, “Don’t build Spanish-inspired houses. Lombok has a strong architectural style,” said Jokowi.
The fourth one is directed toward Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, as the President wanted him to support the presence of cafés, restaurants, homestays and public toilets that fit the international standard.
The last one is to give a timeline for investors, “They have to start their investment project within six months, if not then revoke their permit. There are still plenty of investors who want to invest in Mandalika,” said Jokowi.
Up to 10,000 rooms are set to be available in Mandalika. Around 2000 of them are going to be built in 2017. Plans are also in store to build a world-class circuit and a convention center that is expected to be done by 2019.
“KEK Mandalika is developing the infrastructure worth Rp 250 billion [US$18.5 million] in capital. The investment value is so far at Rp 13 trillion,” said Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution who attended the inauguration.
A total of Rp 4.1 trillion of investment is currently pouring in from some developers, including Pullman, Clubmed, Paramount, X2, Royal Tulip, Loth H7, Shaza (Moslem Friendly Cluster) and Vinci Development Cluster.