26 September 2023

INDONESIA: Widodo to focus on PS reform

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Indonesian President, Joko Widodo (pictured) says reform of the country’s Public Service will be a focus of his second term in office.

“Oftentimes, bureaucrats will report to me, saying that the program has been carried out, that the budget has been spent, that the accountability report has been completed,” Mr Widodo said.

“Yet when I check in the field, when I ask the people, I find out that the public has not received the benefits of the program.”

He said results were more important than process – “our job is to guarantee that the programs are delivered, not just sent”.

“I don’t want bureaucracy that just keeps sending things,” Mr Widodo said.

“I want, and I will enforce, a bureaucracy that makes deliveries.”

The President said said his administration would carry out a number of major initiatives during his second term, such as developing a dynamic and hardworking Government workforce cooperating with industry and using advanced technology.

“Other initiatives include simplifying the bureaucracy by reducing the number of Civil Service echelons from four to two and transforming the economy from one that is dependent on natural resources to one that is competitive in modern manufacturing and services,” Mr Widodo said.

“My sail is flying, my helm is mounted. Together we move toward an advanced Indonesia.”

Jakarta, 21 October 2019

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