New Projects to be Tightly Selected
President Joko Jokowi Widodo, accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, led a Limited Meeting on Evaluation on National Strategic Programs, at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Wednesday (3/5) afternoon. The President emphasized to closely monitor national strategic projects in 22 provinces.
Based on the report, according to the President, out of 225 projects and one program in 14 infrastructure sectors in various provinces in Indonesia, 20 projects or 9 percent has finished; 94 projects or 42 percent start the construction phase; 13 projects or 5 percent are at transaction phase; and 83 projects or 37 percent are at planning phase.
From the report I receive, 7 percent of the projects are proposed to be out from the programs and there are 55 newly-proposed projects as well as one new program, President Jokowi said.
Related to the additional national strategic projects, the President reminded several things. First, the newly-proposed projects must be tightly selected. Based on the calculation, since we dont have much time, I think it does not need to add more new projects, the President said.
Second, the President hopes the new national strategic projects to be able to support national leading sectors that being developed by the regions. So the national strategic projects are really integrated with the development of the regions leading sectors, the President said while reminding that he wants the national strategic projects to be able to give significant and real impacts to regional economy.
The President also reminded the Governments apparatus to encourage the involvement of private parties as well as business entities to finance infrastructure projects. Therefore, the President asked to clearly regulate the scheme of non-governmental financing scheme so it can attract private investment in the projects.
The Limited Meeting was attended by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki, Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara, Minister of Tourism Arif Yahya, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno, Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto, Minister of Transportation Budi K. Sumadi, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/Head of National Land Agency Sofyan Djalil, and Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti. (DNA/JAY/ES)(MMB/YM/Naster)