At present, the gap between regions, such as north Bali and south Bali, still exists
Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati received legislators of the National Parliament of Timor-Leste's commission on communication and infrastructure conducting a working visit to the province, Monday.

During the working visit, the deputy governor and Timorese legislators discussed infrastructure development as Bali continues to make efforts to improve tourism facilities and support infrastructures.

In line with the efforts to accelerate developments in Bali, the provincial authority also continues its efforts to reduce the development gap between the tourism sector and other sectors, as well as between Bali's regions, particularly in north and south Bali, Sukawati noted, as per a statement received Tuesday (July 26).

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"At present, the gap between regions, such as north Bali and south Bali, still exists. Hence, the Bali authority is exerting efforts to reduce the existing gap through infrastructure development to achieve even distribution of development and integration of land, sea, and air transport," the deputy governor stated.

Sukawati noted that some ongoing infrastructure projects in Bali are the development of Sanur Port, a shortcut to Buleleng in northern Bali, a shortcut to Gilimanuk Port in western Bali, and the expansion of Benoa Port.

He also informed the Timorese legislators about the Bali Cultural Centre and Turyapada communication tower projects that are expected to become the newest tourist destinations in northern Bali.

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"With these infrastructure development projects, we hope other regions in Bali would also develop and the travel time between Bali districts will become shorter, which will address development gap issues and help in even distribution of prosperity for residents throughout Bali," the deputy governor remarked.

Meanwhile, the National Parliament of Timor-Leste's Commission E Chair Fransisco De Vasconcelos said that the visit to Bali, apart from studying infrastructure projects, also aims to strengthen friendship.

"Bali is very strategic for us, as besides, a lot of our residents are studying here. Bali airport is also our transit point to travel to other countries. We want to see how Bali integrates the means of land, sea, and air transportation," the parliamentary commission chair stated.

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