Rote Ndao, E Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) - Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar visited Rote Ndao District, East Nusa Tenggara, to celebrate the ninth anniversary of the Village Law (UU Desa) on Saturday.

During his visit to Rote Ndao, the minister will head to Dadoek Village, Indonesia's southernmost point, where he will distribute books to children, hold a dialogue with village chiefs, and visit the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) exhibition in Ba'a City.

In the evening, Iskandar will attend the Pesta Rakyat (the People's Party) that is the culminating event of the Village Law Day celebrations.

Sailing from Kupang aboard the Express Bahari ferry, Minister Iskandar and his entourage were greeted by a convoy of 30 fishers' motorboats as he arrived at Ba'a port in Rote Ndao, East Nusa Tenggara, on Saturday. The welcome was lively with the Red and White flag-decorated motorboats.

On getting off the ferry, the minister was greeted with the traditional Foti Dance that was performed to welcome distinguished guests.

After the dance, Iskandar was greeted by Rote Ndao District Head Paulina Haning, who put a Ti'i Langga traditional hat and pinned a woven sarong on him.

"Welcome to Rote Ndao, Mr. Minister and the entourage," Haning stated.

Apart from being greeted by a convoy of fishing boats, the group was also welcomed by residents riding horses.

Law No. 6 of 2014 on Village, or the Village Law, which covers aspects of village governance and community development, is used to divide authority in implementing village-level development.

According to legislator Muhaimin Iskandar, village fund is the main force of the Village Law that is aimed at maximizing the various village potentials and expediting development goals.

Meanwhile, in the public information activity in Madiun, East Java, on November 12, 2022, Minister Iskandar emphasized that the 2023 village fund should be prioritized for improvement of the village's human resources and economic recovery.

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