President Jokowi Stands Ready to Listen to Entrepreneurs Inputs
President Joko Jokowi Widodo received Board of Directors of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) led by Kadin Chairman Rosan Roeslani at the Presidential Palace on Thursday, 26 October 2017. The meeting lasted for 3.5 hours.
After the meeting, Rosan told reporters that Kadin wanted to participate and be active to create jobs. “We deliver more concrete matters which need the Governments encouragement and a synergy between the Government and the private sector,” Rosan said. He further appreciated the response shown by the President who asked the entrepreneurs to reveal the obstacles encountered in the field.
“From the beginning, we are asked to deliver the matters openly, so that the decision later on will meet the target. We are asked to reveal the obstacles in the local, provincial, and central governments,” Rosan said. The President, Rosan went on to explain, also supports national entrepreneurs to grow.
“If this country is going to move forward, our national entrepreneurs must develop, go forward, the business sector must develop, but not put aside the development of human resources. If we want a qualified development, its human resource must also develop. That is important,” Rosan said quoting the message of the President.
Another thing delivered by Kadin was to create a synergy between the State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) and the private sector and the proposal to accelerate the development of infrastructures, and to give the role to the regional entrepreneurs and not to contact with the SOEs. Such proposal is conducted through the management of productive assets in the SOEs and the subsidiaries are released so that SOEs can focus on its core business.
“The proposal of SOEs to release its subsidiary given this company has settled so that its cash flow is clear and in terms of financing it is more open,” Rosan said. In the meeting, Rosan appreciated the Minister of SOEs Rini Soemarno. “I appreciate the Minister for the openness. Our national entrepreneurs have many shortcomings but herein lies the synergy. We will follow up it soon,” he explained.
The meeting was a realization of the President’s promise when he attended the closing of the 2017 Kadin Coordination Meeting on Monday, 3 October 2017. “I will make my time available. I will set the time to discuss more detail what the chairman and vice chairman have delivered,” said the President said at the time, as stated in the press release of Deputy for Protocol, Press and Media, the Presidential Secretariat Bey Machmudin.
The Kadin’s Board of Directors accompanying the Chairman of Kadin Rosan Roeslani are Deputy Chairman of Kadin Advisory Council Maruarar Sirait, Vice Chairman for Monetary, Fiscal and Public Policy Raden Pardede, Vice Chairman for Education and Health James Riady and Vice Chairman for Organization, Membership and Regional Empowerment Anindya Bakri, Vice Chairman for Transportation Sector Carmelita Hartoto, Vice Chairman for Good Corporate Governance (GCG) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Suryani Motik, Vice Chairman for Labor Sector Anton Supit, Vice Chairman for Agribusiness, Food and Forestry Franky Oesman Widjaja, Chairman of Kadin Central Java Province Kukrit Suryo Wicaksono, Chairman of Kadin Central Kalimantan Province Tugiyo Wiroatmodjo, and Chairman of Kadin North Sumatra Province Ivan Batubara.
Meanwhile, President Jokowi was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Minister of SOEs Rini Soemarno, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto, Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri, and Director General of Taxes Ken Dwijugiasteadi. (Bureau of Press, Media, and Information/EN) (MUR/YM/Naster).