President Jokowi Instructs 1,768 Echelon 2 Officials to Focus on Priority Programs

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 7 Juni 2016
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President Jokowi gives directives to 1,768 echelon 2 officials in a Government Working Meeting, on Tuesday (7/6), at the Dhanapala Building of the Ministry of Finance, Jakarta

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, on Tuesday at the office of the Ministry of Finance, told 1,768 echelon 2 officials of ministries and institutions to work in line with the regulations.

In his previous working meeting with echelon 1 officials, the President mentioned that ministers, heads of agencies, echelon 1 officials, and echelon 2 officials, both in Central Government and regional governments must work in line, be united, solid, and share the same goal from the upper ranks to the lower ranks.

The Government has national priority programs and the President asks them to focus on the programs.

“Be focused on the priorities. Do not propose many projects for the State Budget realization, but fewer projects that bring benefits for the people. That is our aim,” the President added.

If there are 20 divisions in an institution, while there are only 3 priority projects, you must not make other projects for each division. The projects will be carried out by three divisions while other divisions will do the service, the President explained.

The Government cannot implement money follow function principle anymore, but money follow programs instead and all have to focus on the programs, President Jokowi further said.

Rather than process-oriented, results-oriented must become the Government’s approach.

According to the President, process is indeed important because to achieve something, we must follow the procedure. However, we must put forward results-oriented because the process will follow.

Furthermore, the President hopes all institutions to work fast because the world changes rapidly in days, hours, and seconds.

“We must anticipate the change by speeding up our working pace, and moving fast. Because I believe you are all the determinants of state policies implementation. Yes, it is you, not other people,” President Jokowi said.

The state policies implementation will be accelerated once the echelon 2 officials work fast. In contrast, if they still use the old pattern, the old way, and the old tradition, it will be difficult to change this country, the President added.

“I believe that you want and will improve immediately,” the President firmly said.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki, Minister of National Development Planning (PPN)/the Head of National Development Planning Agency Sofyan Djalil, Minister of Finance Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna M. Laoly, Minister of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reform Yuddy Chrisnandi, Attorney General Prasetyo, Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) Commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, and Indonesian National Police (Polri) Chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti also attended the meeting. (UN/RHD/ES)(RAS/EP/YM/Naster)

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