President Jokowi Tells College Students to Spread Positive Vibes
Date 30 Agustus 2018
President Joko Jokowi Widodo asked college students to spread positive vibes and build optimism and to refrain from denouncing and mocking each other on social media.
“We are heading for times of optimism and positive thinking. Our energy must be spent to build competition, competitiveness, and productivity,” the President said during the opening of the 11th National Congress of the Indonesian Hindu Dharma Students Association (KMHDI) in Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta, Wednesday (29/8).
The President also maintained that we must continue to build optimism because Indonesia will become the 4th most powerful economy in the world by 2045. On that occasion, the President also quoted reports from various institutions such as the McKinsey Global Institute, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) to support his statement.
However, the President acknowledged that such achievement could not be materialized if we did not seize the opportunity. Therefore, the President urged the youth to continue to work hard, to be productive, and to have a high discipline. According to him, those are the key to becoming a developed country and in competing with other countries.
President Jokowi also revealed two fundamental factors to improve the nation’s competitiveness, namely, infrastructure development and investment in human resources. “Nothing else. These two aspects are of great importance if we want to compete with other countries in the world,” the President explained.
Concluding his speech, the President reiterated that Indonesians must continue to build brotherhood, unity, and integrity regardless of religion, ethnicity, and race.
For the record, the congress is set to take place from 29 August to 3 September 2018 and as many as 3,000 students are expected to participate in the event.
Accompanying the President on the occasion were Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir, Commander of the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, and Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X. (Public Relations Division of Ministry of Communications & Information Technology/ES) (MUR/EP/YM/Naster).