We hope that the four provinces involved in Sail Karimata Strait activities could be further developed."
North Kayong (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) planted a Pontianak orange tree, one of West Kalimantans flagship trees, in North Kayong District, on Saturday.

The president planted the orange tree on the sidelines of the peak event of Sail Karimata 2016, in Sutera Vilage, Sukadana Subdistrict, Datok Islands, West Kalimantan province.

Besides the president, a number of officials also planted other flagship trees.

Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR) Oesman Sapta planted a Sukadana durian tree, which was the mascot of North Koyang District.

Before planting the tree in the region, President Jokowi witnessed various activities highlighting Sail Karimata 2016. The activities included Medevac (Medical Evacuation Air) airshow by the Navy and yacht sailing pass from nine countries.

There was also a skydiving demonstration, Helicopter Bolco maneuver flying the Karimata Sail 2016 banner, and a colorful dance that brought together thousands of students from the District of North Kayong.

Deputy for Human Resources, Science and Culture of the Maritime Affairs Ministry Safri Burhanuddin hoped that Sail Karimata 2016 would speed up development in the region around the Karimata Strait, especially the North Kayong.

"We want to work together, namely the central and local governments through the promotion of travel and excellent products. We hope that the four provinces involved in Sail Karimata Strait activities could be further developed," he said.

The Sail Karimata 2016 activities involved the provinces of Riau Islands, Jambi, Bangka Belitung and West Kalimantan.

Other activities related to Sail Karimata included an exhibition of products from the coastal areas, Nusantara Jaya sailing, culinary festivals, dragon boat competition, development of fishermen information center and weave design contest.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
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