I have told the Public Works Minister that I don`t want to work just in one shift, but three shifts, because we have been left behind."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) officially opened the Indonesian Infrastructure Week 2016 by highlighting Indonesias economic growth that increased by 5.02 percent amid global sluggishness.

"We hope that in the fourth quarter, it would be at least 5.1 to 5.2 percent. Meaning, there would be a surge, although slightly. This is to boost our optimism that our economic growth remains good compared to other countries," Jokowi said in his opening remarks at the Jakarta Convention Hall here on Wednesday.

The government has also focused on improving its ease of doing business rate in Indonesia from the 109th rank on the list to the 91st rank.

The Head of State expressed hope that it would further improve to reach 40th rank, given the fact that Singapores rank was at 2, Malaysia at 23, and Thailand at 46.

For this purpose, the government will intensify its programs of eradicating corruptions and levies and improve bureaucratic efficiency.

The government has also sped up the implementation of infrastructure development.

"I have told the Public Works Minister that I dont want to work just in one shift, but three shifts, because we have been left behind," Jokowi noted.

He invited the private sector to participate in the constructions of airports, seaports and power plants.

About 600 exhibitors from various SEOs and private companies, both domestic and foreign ones from 37 countries, participate in the exhibition, which was opened by Jokowi.

Apart from that a total of 1,600 delegations, 2002 seminar speakers and 22 thousand visitors have been registered online to attend the event.

The Indonesia Infrastructure Week exhibition will serve as a trade forum to attract foreign and domestic investors, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) said.

The exhibition is being held at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) from November 9 to 11, 2016.

Based on the World Economic Forum, infrastructure is the main cause of Indonesias weak competitiveness in the world market after corruption and bureaucratic inefficiency.

(Reported by Bayu Prasetyo/Uu.F001/INE/KR-BSR)

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