President Jokowi Tells Ministries, Institutions to Focus on Completing Planned Programs
Date 9 Juli 2018
President Joko Jokowi Widodo asserted that challenges Indonesia is facing are quite tough, particularly due to to global economic uncertainty. To that end, the President told all ministries and institutions to focus on completing the planned programs immediately.
“(Do) ensure that the implementation of strategic programs and projects is executed on time and maintain good governance, right on target so that the impacts can be immediately felt by the people,” the President said in his introductory remarks at a limited meeting on the Realization and Prognosis of 2018 State Budget Implementation at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Monday (9/7).
The President also told his Cabinet that transfers to the regions and village funds must be immediately disbursed and the deposition of the Government’s budget in the banking system must be lowered. In addition, the President also called on all Government ranks to improve efficiency of goods expenditure such as savings on official travel expenses, meetings and meeting packages, and office stationery as well as other unproductive expenditures.
“Fix the pattern of budget absorption so it will not accumulate at the end of the year while keep maintaining the quality of existing output,” the President said.
The limited meeting was also attended by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, 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 Ryacudu, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B Pandjaitan, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, Minister of Defence Ryamizard Ryacudu, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani, Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Minister of the Empowerment of State Apparatus and Bureaucratic Reform Asman Abnur, Minister of National Development Planning/Head of National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Transportation Budi K. Sumadi, Minister of State-owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan, Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Research and Technology and Higher Education M. Nasir, and Minister of Health Nila F Moeloek. (GUN/SM/DNA/RAH) (MUR/EP/YM/Naster).