Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated Halal Park at Gelora Bung Karno Sport Complex, Senayan, Central Jakarta on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
Besides President Jokowi, the ceremony was attended by State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) head Triawan Munaf, PT PLN president director Sofyan Basir, PT Wijaya Karya president director Tumiyana, HijUp CEO Diajeng Lestari as well as fashion designer Vivi Zubedi.
"It is only the beginning. It is the embryo of a halal district," President Jokowi told the press after the ceremony.
Halal district will cover 21 thousand square meters of land. The project will cost around Rp250 billion.
Indonesia is the largest Muslim-majority country in the world. It is also the largest economy in the Southeast Asia region.
Quoting a report from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Indonesia's gross domestic product grew by 5.17 percent in 2018. It was Indonesia's highest annual growth in five years.
"Our halal industry should be able to get recognition from the world's community. Our halal industry should be able to improve people's welfare," President Jokowi added.
President Jokowi held an official trip to Saudi Arabia on April 14-15. The former Jakarta governor and his entourage arrived at King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday morning.
On Sunday, President Jokowi met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and other Saudi Arabian high-ranking officials in Riyadh. He discussed about bilateral ties between the two Muslim-majority countries.
On Monday, President Jokowi performed Umrah (small hajj pilgrimage) ritual in Mecca. He was given opportunity to enter the Ka'bah.
Accompanying the President during the visit were Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, and Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Agus Maftuh Abegebriel.
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