Gov’t Committed to High Quality Public Service during COVID-19 Pandemic: Cabinet Secretary
Date 17 Juni 2020
The main task of the Government during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is to make “acceptable and appropriate” policies and provide good services to the public, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung has said.
“All countries are now competing to make the best policies, both domestically and internationally. So the most important task of the Government is to make good policies,” Pramono said in a webinar themed “COVID-19 pandemic from the Activists’ Point of View: Current and Future Perspectives” organized by the National Movement Association (PGK), Tuesday (16/6).
The Cabinet Secretary added that all countries, including China, and European, American and Asian countries, face very tough challenges during the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak,.
The data, Pramono added, shows that there are 40,000 cumulative cases (of COVID-19) in Indonesia and the number of those who recovered is approximately 15,000. Thus, as of today, there are 22,000 active cases.
For the last 2 weeks, or the last 10 days, the positive cases (of the COVID-19) rose significantly, because the number of PCR and swab tests are higher, with the average is above 14,000-15,000, and even 16,000 on Tuesday (16/6).
The Cabinet Secretary further said that the comparison between Indonesia and other countries should take into account several factors, including the population, recovery rate, death rate, and service level.
Pramono said that the President is committed to the open information during the COVID-19 outbreak and simplifying the involvement of stakeholders.
“Lessons from the COVID-19 include the importance of reforms, especially internal reforms within the Government. The first one is reforms in our bureaucratic system,” Pramono said, adding that the optimization of the bureaucracy during the COVID-19 pandemic is already being carried out by digitalization.
The Cabinet Secretary also said that one of the important factors in handling COVID-19 is to carry out budget optimization or budget reform.
Regarding the current economic conditions, Pramono said that in the first quarter (of this year), the economy of Indonesia grew positively by 2.97%, but it is predicted that the growth will be negative in the second quarter.
“We hope that in the third and fourth quarter we can rebound so that the average growth in one year can still be higher than 1%. This is what the Government wants,” he explained. (FID/EN)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Reviewed by: Mia Medyana