TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo or Jokowi led the cabinet meeting on the indicative ceiling for the 2020 state budget. The president demanded the 2020 draft state budget (RAPBN) adapt to the dynamic global situation.
“And we must keep it healthy yet responsive, so it will strengthen the competition and boost our economic growth,” said the president during his opening speech at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Monday, July 15.
He reiterated the 2020 RAPBN must be prioritized to improve the quality of human resources through education, health, and skills training that were based on the needs of the market and industries. “That will also stimulate an increase in exports and investments. This is crucial,” he underlined.
The former governor of Jakarta expected the 5 percent earmarked from the state budget for the health sector be used to its fullest to enhance the quality of health services in the country.
“Also, the most vital thing is to eradicate stunting and malnutrition. The safety of pregnant mothers during childbirth as well immunization program must be our focus in developing human resources.”
The president explained the state budget would still be allocated for infrastructure development. However, the infrastructure would be focused on the tourism sector, special economic zones, production areas, and small and medium enterprises.
Additionally, the RAPBN is expected to slash poverty, and that the provision of social assistance program must be right on target. “Including capital aids for micro and SMEs entrepreneurs,” Jokowi noted.
Ministries or institutions are also ordered to allocate employee expenditures in accordance with bureaucracy reform and efficiency. “Reduce unproductive spendings, and make sure all is right on target,” said Jokowi.
AHMAD FAIZ IBNU SANI