President Jokowi Wants Indonesias Economic Growth to Reach 6.1 % in 2018
President Joko Jokowi Widodo wants that the formulation of fiscal capacity and indicative ceiling of the Draft State Budget (RAPBN) must be with the spirit of optimism and done in a realistic and credible way at the same time.
In line with the improvement of the global economy, Indonesia should raise the target for economic growth in 2018 to 5.4%-6.1%, President Jokowi said in his remarks at a Plenary Cabinet Meeting on Fiscal Capacity and Indicative Ceiling of the Draft State Budget (RAPBN) and Improvement in the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) Rankings by 2018, on Wednesday (15/3), at the State Palace, Jakarta.
For that reason, President Jokowi called on all ministries to work hard and take concrete measures, and not to do business as usual. I think I need to underline that ministries must take concrete measures, President Jokowi firmly said adding that those ministries must bear in mind that tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio must increase to 11 percent. On that occasion, the President also asserted the importance of intensifying priority programs, so that the programs can boost productivity and improve economic growth and investment.
Regarding investment amidst the limited resource capacity, President Jokowi reminded all not to depend only on the Government investment because the investment in 2017 and 2018 is mostly sourced from the private sectors and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs).
Therefore, the role of SOEs Capital Expenditure must be increased so it will improve economic growth, the President said.
Let me say this once again. If private sectors want to invest, let them do it. Do not use the APBN or SOEs budget, the President concluded.
Also attending the Plenary Cabinet Meeting were Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna H. Laoly, Minister of National Development Planning (PPN)/Head of National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya, Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto, Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan, Indonesian National Defense Forces Commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, and Indonesian National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian. (FID/SM/JAY/ES) (RAS/EP/YM/Naster)