Policy Committee Sets Up Five Programs
Date 27 Juli 2020
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, after a virtual limited meeting, Monday (27/7), announced that the Policy Committee has formulated five programs, namely Safe Indonesia, Healthy Indonesia, Empowered Indonesia, Growing Indonesia, and Working Indonesia.
The explanation of the five programs is as follows:
First, Safe Indonesia, this program aims to safeguard the public from COVID-19.
Second, Healthy Indonesia, this program is imposed by reforming mutual cooperation-based health services.
Third, Empowered Indonesia, this program aims to increase people’s purchasing power.
Fourth, Growing Indonesia, the program aims to increase additional state revenue.
Fifth, Working Indonesia, the program aims for absorption of employment.
On Safe Indonesia, the Coordinating Minister stated the need for acceleration and expansion on PCR test, tracing, and quarantine.
In addition, Airlangga said that the program has targeted 8 red-orange zones to turn into yellowor green zones . The program also prepares the safety of people in facing regional elections in 270 regions, this year, as well as preparing the distribution of medicines, vaccines, and antibodies within the next 1 year.
The Healthy Indonesia Program, Airlangga stated, aims to accelerate the independence of health services, hospitals, medical devices, and medicines in the country, as well as the transformation of health system including BPJS Health (Social Security Provider Body for the Health).
“Empowered Indonesia, it encourages the distribution of social assistance, the Labor Intensive program as well as Pre-Working Cards, salary subsidies, working capital loans, and government guarantees with MSME priority, including ensuring the accurate distribution of assistance to 12 million MSME business players amounting to Rp2.4 million each,” Airlangga said.
On the occasion, Airlangga also stated that during the meeting, the Government has agreed to provide electricity subsidies for income groups in addition to subsidies for low-income groups that had been extended to December, as well as relaxation rather than subscription or electricity costs.
The Government will also grant Rp3 trillion subsidy to industry and tourism sectors, he said, for the minimum payment of electricity.
On Growing Indonesia, Airlangga stated that this program is intended to increase exports, to implement additional transformation on tax extensification, to boost the economy at the micro-level and other sectors.
The Government, the Coordinating Minister continued, also prepared Buy Indonesian Products Program. “Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing would buy rubber from community plantation, Ministry of Industry would make a purchase for raw materials for small and medium industries, and other ministries are preparing programs,” he said.
According to the Coordinating Minister, the Committee will also prepare multi-year programs primarily related to programs that do not have to be carried out within 1 year. “Certainly the implementation of the existing program in 2020 is expected to still be encouraged in 2021,” he concluded. (FID/EN)
Translated by: Fairuzzamani Inayatillah
Reviewed by: Mia M. Bonaedy