President Jokowi: TMII Revitalization is Almost Done, 98% Ready

 The government is fixing a number of tourist destination facilities, one of which is Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), East Jakarta, to welcome the G20 Summit in Bali in November 2022.

Based on a press release from the Directorate General of Information and Public Communication of the Ministry of Communication and Information received in Jakarta, Tuesday, the revitalization of the Nusantara Miniature Park is almost complete.

The President, after directly inspecting TMII in East Jakarta, Tuesday, stated that the revitalization was 98 percent complete, and would soon be finished, and that the community could enjoy it again.

The massive revitalization, said President Jokowi, was the first since the park of ideas of the second president of the Republic of Indonesia H.M. Suharto and First Lady Tien Suharto was built in the mid-1975s.

After the revitalization, the President hopes that TMII can become a tourist destination, both domestically and abroad.

"Therefore, I also leave a message, the tariff should not be expensive, the people must still be able to enjoy this TMII," said the Head of State.

When visiting the platforms of each province in TMII, President Jokowi admitted that he found many damaged buildings. Therefore, he ordered each provincial government to rehabilitate their respective platforms.

"Some provinces have started to renovate and build. We hope that by the end of this year everything will be finished," said the President.

The revitalization of TMII is regulated in Presidential Regulation (Perpres) Number 116 of 2021 concerning the Acceleration of the Implementation of Infrastructure Development to Support the Implementation of International Events in Bali Province, DKI Jakarta Province, West Nusa Tenggara Province, and East Nusa Tenggara Province.

The revitalization of TMII is in line with Indonesia's G20 Presidency and will be one of the locations for the G20 Summit.

Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, in a working meeting with Commission V of the House of Representatives last June, stated that his ministry has prepared a budget of IDR 1.2 trillion for the revitalization of TMII.

President Jokowi also asked TMII managers to regularly hold cultural arts activities at every existing pavilion and open stage.

"So, there is a clear calendar of events, to be a good spectacle for the people, especially for our children," said Jokowi.

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Benefits of the G20 Presidency

Unlike most multilateral forums, the G20 does not have a permanent secretariat. The function of the presidency is held by one of the member states, which changes every year.

As stipulated at the 2020 Riyadh Summit, Indonesia will hold the G20 presidency in 2022 with the handover taking place at the end of the Rome Summit on 30-31 October 2021.

With the theme Recover Together, Recover Stronger Indonesia wants to invite the whole world to work hand in hand, support each other to recover together and grow stronger and more sustainable.

Some of the benefits of this international event being chaired by Indonesia are that the G20 Presidency in the midst of a pandemic has proven a good perception of Indonesia's economic resilience to the crisis.

This is also a form of acknowledgment of Indonesia's status as one of the countries with the largest economy in the world, which can also represent other developing countries.

According to the release of the Directorate General of IKP Kominfo, this presidential momentum only occurs once every generation or every 20 years and must be utilized as best as possible to provide added value for Indonesia's recovery, both in terms of economic activity and the confidence of the domestic and international community.

Indonesia can orchestrate the discussion agenda at the G20 to support and have a positive impact on the recovery of Indonesia's economic activity.

This is an opportunity to show Indonesia's leadership in the international arena, especially in the global economic recovery.

From a regional perspective, this Presidency affirms Indonesia's leadership in the field of international diplomacy and economics in the region, considering that Indonesia is the only country in ASEAN that is a member of the G20.

In addition, it also makes Indonesia a focus of world attention, especially for economic and financial players.

This can be used to show the various progress that Indonesia has made to the world, and become the starting point for restoring the confidence of economic actors after the pandemic, both domestically and abroad.

G20 meetings in Indonesia are also a means to introduce tourism and Indonesia's superior products to the international community so that they can help drive the Indonesian economy.

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