Sandiaga Uno has been appointed as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf). He can start working on fixing tourism starting immediately.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) officially appointed six new ministers and five deputy ministers. The inauguration was held at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday (23/12/2020).

The event began with the singing the national anthem of Indonesia Raya, then reading the President’s declaration on the appointment of the remaining ministers and deputy ministers for the 2019-2024 period. Jokowi then led the reading of the ministerial and deputy ministerial oaths.

“By Allah, I swear that I will be loyal to the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia and will carry out all laws and regulations in the utmost honesty for the sake of my devotion to the nation and state,” said the excerpt of the oath read by Jokowi by an appointed official.

Jokowi congratulated all the newly appointed officials. Vice President Ma’ruf Amin and a number of ministers were also in attendance.

One of the ministers appointed today is Sandiaga Salahudin Uno. Sandiaga Uno was appointed as the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) replacing Wishnutama Kusubandio.

Sandiaga Uno will work together with Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Angela Tanoe in developing tourism which has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic for the past year. Sandiaga Uno also said he would continue the agenda previously implemented by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.

“Of course, in this context, the tasks and mandates conveyed by the President and Vice President are very serious, because the awakening of the Indonesian nation to recover from COVID-19 and continue the development agenda, especially in the tourism sector and the creative economy, will depend heavily on health recovery in terms of COVID-19, with our efforts to implement strict and disciplined health protocols,” Uno said in Jakarta on Tuesday (23/12/2020).

“Second, of course there are millions of jobs in the tourism sector and in the creative economy, numbering up to tens of millions that we must save,” he said.

“The tourism sector and the creative economy will be the locomotive of post-COVID-19 pandemic for us to continue our development agendas and continue to open up the widest amount of possible job opportunities and bring prosperity to the people, the people of Indonesia,” he emphasized.

Author: HL

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