Young Civil Servants Must be Driver of Innovation, President Jokowi Says
Date 29 Juli 2020
Graduates of the state-run Institute of Public Administration (IPDN) must be the driver of innovation, the motor of bureaucratic reform, the motor of developing new ways of working, and the driving force of new governance, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said.
“On this happy occasion, on my own behalf, on behalf of the people, on behalf of the nation and state, I congratulate you on your inauguration as young civil servants. Congratulations on bearing a new status with all the rights and obligations attached to it,” President Jokowi said during a virtual inauguration ceremony of IPDN graduates Batch XXVII 2020 from the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java Province, Wednesday (29/7).
The President acknowledged that to be eligible for inauguration, they must pass through a very heavy selection and struggle. “Your mental and physical endurance must be very prime. Your nationality and Indonesian identity have been firmly planted and your commitment to serve the community is definite,” the President said.
Furthermore, the President stated that at present, there are needs for ways of working, a new culture of working that is more innovative, faster, and dares to take a smart-shortcut. “Now and in the future, it is not a big country that beats a small country, it is not a rich country that beats a poor country, but it is the fast one who will defeat the slow ones,” the President said.
According to the President, the problem of government lies precisely in the fact that there are too many rules that bind itself, too many procedures, too many stages of procedures so that the bureaucracy seems to be trapped by complicated regulations that it created.
“I sincerely hope that you will offer different nuances, contribute different thoughts, encourage the bureaucracy to take a smart-shortcut with an orientation that its result can be instantly felt by the people.” President Jokowi stated.
Even under normal conditions, according to the President, the way of working must be results-oriented, fast, efficient, and directly felt by the people. So, in the condition of these health and pandemic crises, such methods of working are non-negotiable.
“I invite you to oversee the change in the new way of working, from the complicated way of working, which is slow, to a fast way of working, from numerous complicated regulations to a few simple regulations, from convoluted SOPs to easy and simple SOPs,” he stated. (TGH/EN)
Translated by: Fairuzzamani Inayatillah
Reviewed by: Mia M. Bonaedy