Jokowi Faces Many Prospects and Challenges Says Bappenas Minister

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  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo bows after taking his oath during his presidential inauguration for the second term, at the House of Representatives building in Jakarta, October 20, 2019. Adi Weda/Pool via REUTERS

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo bows after taking his oath during his presidential inauguration for the second term, at the House of Representatives building in Jakarta, October 20, 2019. Adi Weda/Pool via REUTERS

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - National Development Planning (Bappenas) Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will face many prospects and challenges in leading his second term presidency. 

    “There are plenty of prospects but it would be the same as the number of challenges,” said Bambang after attending the presidential and vice-presidential inauguration ceremony on Sunday, October 20. 

    According to him, the challenges facing Jokowi in the next five years will mostly come from overseas such as the global economy that remains unsettled and also from Jokowi’s promise to leave behind Indonesia’s dependency toward the economics of natural resources. 

    The president’s speech said Indonesia’s economic transformation will be one of the focuses in his second-term. Jokowi mentioned that the country will gradually leave behind its dependency toward natural resources to manufacturing competition and modern services that have exceptionally-high value. 

    Other than that, president Jokowi plans to simplify the country’s bureaucracy which is in line with his view to prioritize investments to create massive domestic job opportunities. He also mentioned about skimming the government’s echelon system from the current four-levels to just two. 

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