US Congratulates Governor-Elect Pastika
DENPASAR ~ American Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron Hume has congratulated I Mangku Pastika for winning last monthâ€™s gubernatorial election, and offered wide-ranging support for the island.Â Â
Hume said Pastikaâ€™s win would make Baliâ€™s security tighter, and promised that a recent lifting by Washington of its travel warning for Indonesia would help bolster Baliâ€™s economy.
â€œIn the future, weâ€™ll do all we can to help Bali, in cooperation with the Bali government. We removed the travel warning two months ago, which should make big differences within Bali,â€ he said following a meeting with the governor-elect.
The US promised to help with infrastructure, healthcare and education and would recommend Bali as a good place for international conferences.
Pastika said he planned to develop an international standard of safety and education and would offer free healthcare services for the poor.
â€œOne of the first steps will be environmental improvement. Because of high demand for timber in Bali, we will be implementing a tree-plantation program as a priority,â€ Pastika said.Filed under: The Island