Thousands of Jakarta Cleaners on Duty for Asian-African Conference
Jakarta. The Jakarta Sanitation Agency is readying all its thousands of cleaners to keep the city presentable during the Asian-African Conference next week.
“Of course keeping Jakarta clean is part of our regular work routine. But especially for the Asian-African summit, we’ll be working even harder,” Saptastri Ediningtyas Kusumadewi, or Tyas, the head of the agency, said on Monday. “Cleanliness reflects a nation’s culture. And obviously we want Indonesia, and Jakarta in particular, to look good in front of the world.”
The summit will be held on April 19-24 in the Indonesian capital and in the West Java city of Bandung, where the first such conference was famously held in 1955. Dozens of heads of state are expected to attend.
According to Tyas, the main focus of the sanitation workers would be along the routes from Halim Perdanakusuma and Soekarno-Hatta airports to the summit venues and the hotels where participants would be staying.
The agency head also urged Jakarta residents to be a good host by making sure to properly dispose of trash.
“Speak up if you see somebody throwing away trash where it doesn’t belong,” Tyas said, adding that authorities would keep their eyes peeled for violators.
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Source: The Jakarta Globe