Introductory Remarks of President of the Republic of Indonesia at Limited Cabinet Meeting (through Video Conference) on Evaluation of the National Strategic Projects for National Economic Recovery from COVID-19 Friday, 29 May 2020 at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta
Date 29 Mei 2020
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Honorable Vice President,
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.
Today, we will evaluate the National Strategic Projects (PSN) for national economic recovery from COVID-19.
First, although we are now facing the pandemic, strategic agenda which is vital for the state and nation and becomes national priority and interest should not be halted and must continue to be carried out. The strategic agenda does not only cover economic sector but also other fundamental sectors that are essential for the lives of the nation, including education sector, improvement in human resource quality, and health sector.
For example, we have big agenda on health sector namely decreasing stunting rate, eliminating tuberculosis (TBC), malaria, dengue fever, HIV-AIDS, and promoting healthy lifestyle; all agenda must be carried on. It means we must focus on handling and controlling COVID-19 without putting aside the strategic agenda which has a significant impact on the lives of our people.
Second, relating to the ongoing National Strategic Projects, I call for an acceleration in the implementation of the projects which directly affect the people’s economy and economic recovery to be prioritized. I have noted that several projects are necessary for equality and the stengthening of people’s economy. For example, land certification program for the people, legalization of transmigration lands, agrarian reform, social forestry, and rejuvenation of people’s plantations. I want to ensure that the priority programs are still running by strictly following the health protocols.
Third, various obstacles and problems in the implementation of the PSN on the ground must be resolved immediately. I have received report that issues related to land acquisition still become the main obstacle.
Fourth, on the new proposed 245 PSNs, I want it to be evaluated and calculated in a detail manner to determine which one is recommended and which one is not. I think we also need to prioritize projects that have great leverage for the economy after the pandemic is over.
And that concludes my introductory remarks.
Translated by Rany Anjany S
Reviewed by Muhardi