President Jokowi Asks Ministries/Institutions to Execute 2018 Programs Immediately
President Joko Jokowi Widodo reminded his ranks that he has submitted the 2018 Budget Implementation List (DIPA) to the Ministers and Heads of Institutions at the end of 2017. To that end, President Jokowi requested that all Ministries/Institutions (K/L) immediately execute programs and work activities that have been planned.
“Once again I want to reiterate, no more business as usual, we should get rid of it,” President Jokowi said when giving his introduction at a Plenary Cabinet Meeting Fiscal Year 2018, at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (3/1) afternoon.
The President asked the leaders of K/L to make 2018 a productive year starting from the beginning, so it is hoped that poverty, inequality, and backwardness can be resolved.
For the record, as stated in www.setkab.go.id, the DIPA for 86 K/L in Fiscal Year 2018 is Rp847.4 trillion, and transfers to the region and the Village Fund of Rp766.2 trillion. The DIPA has been submitted by President Jokowi to the K/L leaders at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Wednesday, 6 December 2017.
Increased Investment in Human Capital
In another part of his introduction to the Plenary Cabinet Meeting, President Jokowi expressed his hope that in 2018 the Government will pay attention to the increased investment in human capital.
“Our population is 250 million, 60 percent of whom are young people. This demographic bonus should become our strength and opportunity through the improvement of vocational education and trainings that we have started since 2017,” the President said.
The President emphasized that the Government should continue to improve the manpower qualification pyramid in order to become skilled labors so that industries can entirely absorb them. “We want that the skills taught in vocational schools match the world of work, and the needs of industry,” the President said.
The President also asked the Ministers of the Working Cabinet to pay attention to the prospective workers, most of whom are graduates of elementary and junior high school. The President requested that their education be upgraded.
“We improve the competence, for example, through job training programs, apprenticeship, certification programs that we have started, but we need to pay attention to the needs of our industries,” President Jokowi said.
The Plenary Cabinet 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 Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya, Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki, Minister of National Development Planning/Head of National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of SOEs Rini Soemarno, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Villages, the Development of Underdeveloped Regions and Transmigration Eko Sandjojo, Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita, Minister of Health Nila F. Moeloek, Minister of Transportation Budi K. Sumadi, Minister of Research and Technology and Higher Education M. Nasir, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Rudiantara, Minister of the Empowerment of State Apparatus and Bureaucratic Reform Asman Abnur, Minister of Education Muhadjir Effendy, the Indonesian National Defence Forces (TNI) Commander Hadi Tjahjanto, the Indonesian National Police (Polri) Chief Tito Karnavian, and Attorney General Prasetyo. (FID/JAY/ES) (MUR/YM/Naster).