President Jokowi Urges Entrepreneurs to Create Economic Centers Following Infrastructure Development

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 27 Mei 2019
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President Jokowi attends the National Gathering of Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI), at Ritz Carlton Hotel Jakarta, Sunday (26/5). (Photo by: Secretariat of the President).

President Jokowi attends the National Gathering of Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI), at Ritz Carlton Hotel Jakarta, Sunday (26/5). (Photo by: Secretariat of the President).

During the past five years, the Indonesian Government has been developing infrastructure throughout the country aimed at connecting all regions and areas in Indonesia.

Therefore, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo instructed entrepreneurs to make best use of development by creating new economic centers, which will boost national economy.

“It is a task for entrepreneurs to support development facilitated by the Government and create economic centers that play vital a role in Indonesia’s economy,” President Jokowi said in a National Gathering of Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI) and an iftar dinner (communal fast-breaking) with a number of orphans, at Ritz Carlton Hotel Jakarta, Sunday (26/5).

According to the President, based on his working visits from Sabang to Merauke, he noticed that connectivity remains a major issue in almost all regions throughout the country and for that reason, public facilities including roads, toll roads, airports, and seaport had been developed massively.

“This is what we have done during the past five years, namely developing infrastructure so that cities, regencies, and provinces are connected,” he added.

The Government, he added, also undertakes bureaucratic reforms projected to make permitting process easier. President Jokowi added that institutional simplification must be made to minimize overlapping so that bureaucratic tasks will be more efficient and faster.

“In five years, the Government has dismissed 23 government institutions considered no longer relevant. I think there are still many institutions considered not necessary for the country that will be dismissed in the future,” President Jokowi firmly said.

After carrying out the first stage of national development through infrastructure distribution, the Government will focus on human resources development for the next five years, he added.

The Head of State also said that he realized that results of human resources development cannot be enjoyed instantly, but it must still be carried out so that Indonesia can advance into a developed country.

“It is very important for our economic foundation. If we do not develop our human resources, the country will fall into middle-income trap. There are many countries trapped in the middle-income trap and they cannot advance and become a developed country,” the President added.

Therefore, President Jokowi expressed hope that members of HIPMI and other associations can collaborate with the Government in improving the quality of Indonesia’s human resources and hiring them. The Government has also prepared trainings and scholarships to increase the national human resource capacity, he added.

“Link and match between industry and education sector must be established. I hope HIPMI will offer cooperation with related ministries, as well as with central and regional governments to improve human resources that will start bringing benefits for the country in the next five years,” the President concluded. (BPMI Setpres/ES)



Translated by : Rany Anjany Subachrum
Edited by : Muhardi/ M. Ersan Pamungkas

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