President Jokowi Asks Village Funds be Supervised
Date 18 Oktober 2017
After receiving the Emir of Qatar, President Joko Jokowi Widodo presided over a Limited Meeting to discuss the optimization of the Village Funds at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Wednesday (18/10). In his introductory remarks, President Jokowi said that Indonesia has 74,958 villages and 8,430 hamlets which all need to be built.
“We want the economy in the villages to move no less quickly than those of in the cities. In 2015, we have given Rp20.76 trillion, Rp46.98 trillion and Rp60 trillion in 2016 and 2017 respectively. This is a substantial amount of money and we need to ensure that the fund is running optimally in the field,” the President said.
Furthermore, President Jokowi mentioned productive things that can directly open the job field. He also hopes that in carrying out the duties, people perform them through deliberations of development planning in the villages. “I asked that the use of village funds be supervised and controlled both related to the type of project, the processing time, and the management,” the President concluded.
Also present at the Limited Meeting were Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani, Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya, Minister of Social Affairs Khofifah Indar Parawansa, Minister of Health Nila Moeloek, Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara, Minister of Villages, Underdeveloped Regions, and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman and Head of the Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP) Ardan Adiperdana. (SM/DID/GUN/OJI/EN) (MUR/YM/Naster).