President Jokowi: The Government is Working Hard to Guard Indonesia's Great Transformation - BorneoTribun English

Saturday, January 29, 2022

President Jokowi: The Government is Working Hard to Guard Indonesia's Great Transformation

President Jokowi at the Opening of the 2022 ICMI National Working Meeting, from the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Saturday (29/01/2022). (Photo: BPMI Setpres/Muchlis Jr)

Borneo Tribun Jakarta - The government is carrying out a number of major transformations so that Indonesia will be more competitive in facing a world full of uncertainty and competition today. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) emphasized that the government is working hard to oversee the course of this transformation.

“The government is currently working hard to oversee some major transformations. We are carrying out a structural transformation so that Indonesia is more competitive to face today's hyper-competitive world," said the President at the inauguration of the 2022 ICMI National Working Meeting (Rakernas) from the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Saturday, (29/01/2022) virtually.

Various transformations carried out by the government ranging from industrial downstreaming, digital transformation, the transition to green energy, to the development of the National Capital City (IKN).

"We have to open up the widest possible job opportunities, we have to prosper farmers, fishermen, industrial workers, we have to facilitate so that MSME players can advance to class with digitalization, we have to support the improvement of domestic products, there are lots of things that really need to be done. we do," said the President.

The Head of State also emphasized the importance of investment in supporting the ongoing efforts.

"For that we must facilitate large, medium and small investments, from within and from abroad. That is our goal in enacting the Job Creation Law, to create as many job opportunities as possible and increase added value in the country," he said.

Furthermore, the President explained, the government is currently conducting downstreaming, one of which is in the mining, oil and gas sectors. This is done to provide great added value in Indonesia, to create job opportunities, and at the same time to save foreign exchange.

"I don't think it's the time anymore, since the VOC era we have always sent and exported raw materials whose added value was enjoyed by other countries," he continued.

The government has proven that with downstreaming, the added value obtained in the country is very large. For example, nickel downstreaming which has been carried out since 2015 has had a significant impact in terms of exports and the trade balance.

“Exports of iron and steel in 2021 will reach US$ 20.9 billion, approximately Rp. 300 trillion, an increase from the previous only US$ 1.1 billion in 2014. From Rp. 15 trillion and then jumping to Rp. 300 trillion, it is due to the increase in added value in the market. domestically," he said.

Not only nickel, the President added, the government will also gradually stop the export of other mining raw materials, ranging from bauxite, copper, tin, to gold and carry out downstream processing. In addition, the government will also carry out downstreaming in other sectors, one of which is the agricultural sector

“Farmers must be strong on the farm, innovation in the agricultural and livestock sectors must be strong, but don't stop there, fertilizers, seeds, and others. Farmer and breeder groups, farmer and rancher cooperatives must also go to off farm, go downstream. Once again, so that the added value can be enjoyed by farmers because the biggest profit is on the off farm and of course it can create more new jobs," he said.

Digital Transformation and Transition To Green Energy
Currently, the government is also aggressively transforming the digital economy. Indonesia's digital economy potential in 2025 is estimated to reach 124 billion US dollars.

"We also have 2,229 start-ups, we have 1 decacorn and 8 unicorns, and there are already 8.4 million of our MSMEs which in the past five years have entered digital platforms to sell their products, and it is certain that this data will continue to grow," said the President. .

The government also continues to make efforts to realize the transformation of energy towards green. The President said that Indonesia has new and renewable energy (EBT) of 418 gigawatts, in the form of geothermal, wind, solar panels, biofuels, undersea currents, and hydro power.

"The decarbonization of the transportation sector has also started with the construction of mass urban transport. We have also started the construction of the world's largest green industrial park in North Kalimantan," he added.

The President emphasized that the national capital development program (IKN) in East Kalimantan is an important part of this transformation. According to him, the IKN program is not just moving government buildings, but also changing ways of working and thinking based on a modern economy and building a more just and inclusive social life.

"We will make IKN as a showcase of transformation, both in the field of environment, working methods, economic base, technology, and others, including in the fields of higher quality health and education services. A more pluralistic and tolerant social order that upholds ethics and noble character which we also promote," he said. (FID/UN)



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