TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Democratic Party Chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono or SBY expressed his respect to President Joko Widodo or Jokowi administration that was able to reduce the poverty rate even though several improvements were needed.
"Let’s support the current government in achieving economic development goals so that Indonesia will be more acknowledged in the world’s eyes," said SBY in the International Women's Day Seminar held by Democratic Faction of House of Representatives, at Nusantara IV Building, Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, March 19.
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He stated Indonesia's economy is gradually growing and people prosperity continues to increase. However, the work needed to be improved as to defeat poverty and be a developed country.
SBY also praised the current government had succeeded in the infrastructure development. He mentioned the development program had conducted since the era of President Soekarno, Suharto, BJ. Habibie, Abdurrahman Wahid, Megawati Soekarnoputri, and President Joko Widodo.
"We are grateful and we are proud to be the G20 members with the 16th largest economy rankings in the world. However, we are still facing poverty problem," he added.
The sixth president of Indonesia considered women and children were the most affected by poverty issue but women had a huge potential role in the sustainable development. "Women have to be assigned to the central division to help decreasing world poverty rate," said SBY.
ARKHELAUS WISNU TRIYOGO