President Jokowi Addresses Role of Rural Regions amidst Pandemic

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresident Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says that the coronavirus pandemic has greatly impacted a number of aspects in Indonesia. The current crisis that is felt in major cities, he continues, will eventually affect rural areas. 

    “When cities are hit by economic crisis, then villages act as the support; the buffers, because there will be reverse flow of population displacement. Not urbanization but ruralization," says the President in opening the limited meeting on Thursday, Sept. 24. 

    Jokowi maintains that the role of villages must be strengthened amidst the pandemic, ordering stakeholders to accelerate the economic improvements in villages. 

    He also calls for everyone to treat this condition as a momentum to improve and implement major strategies regarding the economic transformations in villages. 

    In addition, the president orders state-ministries to integrate their programs for villages and work as a single unity. “This must truly be integrated,” Jokowi remarks. 

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