President hopes bill to improve NTB economy

President hopes bill to improve NTB economy

President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (FOTO ANTARA)

Mataram, NTB (ANTARA News) - Dedicating the Lombok International Airport (BIL) in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province on Thursday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed hope that the presence of the new aerodrome could improve the province`s economic progress.

"Following the presence of this airport for the development of international tourism in this province, we hope the economy of the local people will get increasing," President Yudhoyono said when dedicating the airport on Thursday.

In the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, the head of state also said that to make the airport more competitive, its instruments and infrastructures should be immediately completed.

He also called for the improvement of safety and security factor at and around the airport, in addition to making its surrounding area green and lush.

"Make this airport surrounding area green and beautiful as soon as possible," the president said as he handed 10,000 trembesi trees to be planted around the airport.

On the occasion the president was accompanied by among others Education and Culture Minister M Nuh, Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi, Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar, Tourism and Creative Economic Minister Mari Elka Pangestu, National Police Chief Gen Timur Pradopo, and Attorney General Basrief Arief.

Also present were Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto, Coordinating Minister for Economy Hatta Rajasa, Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono, Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa, Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi, State Entrepreneurs (BUN) Minister Dahlan Iskan, Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam, and former Vice President Jusuf Kalla.