Conveys 4 Nation Challenges, President Jokowi: People Want that Everything is Instant
In a series of visits to North Sumatra, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) opened the IV Congress of Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI), at the Hotel Santika Dyandra, Medan, Saturday (18/4) night at 20:00 pm.
In his speech when opening the congress, President Jokowi said that there are four (4) challenges now faced by Indonesia, namely;
The first is unemployment. “I think it can be seen on the screen, our unemployment in 2014 was approximately 7.2 million,” he said.
Second, the level of poverty is still very high, in 2014 is estimated to 10.9 percent, 11 percent.
Third, President Jokowi said, our challenge is social inequality either rich or poor, and the gap region between western Indonesia and the eastern region. “There is a gap, socio-economic inequality is so huge,” he said.
Fourth, is the corruption problem. President Jokowi expressed, our corruption index in the ASEAN figure is still 34. Far behind Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and to the other countries. “This is precisely what we have to face,” he said.
In addition to the four challenges, President Jokowi also said that global economic conditions, which is not supportive, both global economic growth and global finance, when we see recently we are pressured by the dollar, the rupiah pressured by the dollar.
Those the problems that faced by Indonesian nation, the time when people want everything instantly, said President Jokowi. There are many who do not realize that the President and Vice President are just starting to work for 5-6 months.
President Jokowi conveys that the Revised State Budget just started brewing in mid-January. After the administrative process, the process of organizational consolidation and mid-April of this, we are just beginning to use.
Therefore, the Head of State continued, the government just could distribute the Healthy Indonesia Card (KIS). “Later on the end of this month will be distributed 21 million Indonesian Smart Cards (KIP) and 88 million Healthy Indonesia Cards (KIS). The card has been ready from the auction, the fund has also been ready, so the card could be directly distributed,” he explained.
The President reiterated that this year the government set a target that is not taken lightly, the economic growth from 5.7 to 5.8 percent, higher than the previous year’s growth of 5.1 percent. Whereas, other countries have lower economic growth target.
According to President Jokowi, if we saw before that the inflation in January-February, then deflation even minus. In March there was a bit of deflation, this is a reasonable calculation. President hopes by the end of this year that inflation is only approximately 4. He believes that we can, we keep about 4 percent, and then economic growth will be in the top 5.
The Opening of the Fourth PKPI Congress also attended by former President Megawati Sukarnoputri as Chairman of the PDIP, former Vice President Try Sutrisno, Chairman PKPI Sutiyoso, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly, and North Sumatra Governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho. (Humas Setkab/ES)