Prabowo Demands Halt for IMF-World Bank Meeting
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President hopeful Prabowo Subianto planned to address his concern on state condition and recent economy agenda in a press conference today, October 5, said Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak, the coordinator spokesperson of the National Campaign Agency Prabowo-Sandiaga.
“Insha Allah, [Prabowo] tomorrow will state his concern on economic condition and IMF meetings,” said Dahnil in Prabowo’s residence, South Jakarta, Thursday, October 4. The press conference would take place at 16:00 local times after an internal meeting.
The annual meeting of International Monetary Fund and World Bank (IMF-WB) was slated to be held in Bali, October 8-14, presenting finance officials from 189 countries and non-governmental parties. The event budget was expected to worth Rp1 trillion, Rp850 billion from State Budget and the rest from Bank Indonesia and other institutions.
The Prabowo coalition planned to deliver their sentiments thus the government review the establishment of the event amid the disaster that recently hit Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province and Palu City, Central Sulawesi.
Gerindra Party Advisory Board member Fuad Bawazier confirmed his coalition would release suggestion to halt the meeting and so the fund could be distributed to help the disaster victims.
According to Fuad, the disaster mitigation in Palu, Donggala, and the vicinity still required a huge budget. The former finance minister thought it is unethical if Indonesia held a luxury event amid disasters.
Fuad said the tradition of the IMF-WB annual meeting was truly simple, but Prabowo coalition considered the government over highlighted its promotion. He believed international people would understand should the meeting postponed and the budget diverted for disaster mitigation.
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