Indonesia Enters High Human Development Category: President

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    Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, left, talks with his deputy Jusuf Kalla after delivering his state of the nation address ahead of the country's Independence Day at the parliament building in Jakarta, Aug. 16, 2018. AP

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresident Joko Widodo (Jokowi) noted that Indonesia has been placed in the high human development category as the quality of life of the Indonesian people has continued to improve.

    "Indonesians` quality of life over the past four years has continued to improve. The country`s Human Development Index has increased from 68.90 in 2014 to 70.81 in 2017," President Joko Widodo told the annual meeting of the People`s Consultative Assembly (MPR) on Thursday.

    The president, commonly known as Jokowi, said the government has taken steps to improve the quality and ease of access to education through the distribution of the Smart Indonesia Card, which has been received by 20 million schoolchildren as of 2017, in addition to providing scholarships for students.

    The government also ran the Healthy Life Campaign to develop a healthy community and social protection program for disadvantaged people.

    "The government has gradually increased the number of National Health Insurance beneficiaries from 86.4 million in 2014 to 92.4 million in May 2018," he remarked.

    The MPR`s annual meeting was also attended by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, cabinet ministers, foreign representatives, former presidents BJ Habibie and Megawati Sukarnoputri, and former vice presidents Try Sutrisno and Boediono.

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