President Jokowi: Time to Push Investments to Indonesia


President Joko Widodo has been quite firm in manner, hard in speaking lately. In two and a half years the president has laid the foundations of the state, the acceleration of development, as well as the deregulation and de-bureaucratization. Now it is time to invite the world’s financiers to invest in Indonesia.

Incidentally, the rating agency Standard and Poor’s (S & P) has upgraded the Indonesia status to the country with a predicate worth of investment! This is a strong momentum to encourage the investors to invest in Indonesia.

“Right now the golden opportunity is in front of us. Getting WTP (unqualified opinion) means our management is good, 84 percent get the WTP. Last Friday we also gained the international investment grade. It’s an opportunity that we should use. Do not trap into the ‘framing’ of blaspheming each other, vilifying each other, blaming each other, and arguing endlessly,” the president said.

Getting the unqualified opinion (WTP) for the Central Government Financial Report of 2016, as well as for 84 percent of the Financial Reports of State Ministries/Institutions (LKKL) also becomes the right moment for Indonesian nation to return to work hard.

The president again reminded the purpose of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI), clearly embodied in the preamble of the 1945 Constitution. He said that in his speech at the delivery of Report of the Inspection Result of Central Government Financial Report (LHP LKPP) Year 2016 in the Bogor Palace, West Java, on Tuesday (5/23).

“I want to remind to all of us about our focus, our main goal, nation and state, that the formation of the Republic of Indonesia is not to fight each other, but our main purpose is clear that we want to create common prosperity, we want our nation to be educated,” said the president.

According to him, for the next 6 to 8 months, the energy of this nation will be depleted only to focus on the things that he called unproductive. Therefore, he again reminded to all parties about the purpose of the formation of NKRI.

Looking back, Indonesia actually was once successful and became the model for the neighboring countries. Take the example of Jagorawi toll road which was used by other countries to learn. But now, Indonesia is recognized as being lagged behind by the neighboring countries.

“In 1977 the 50-kilometer Jagorawi toll road became a model. Other countries came here. China and Malaysia came to see. From the year 77 to right now, how many years? Almost 40 years we can only build 780 kilometer of toll roads, while the countries that learned from us, China is already 280,000 kilometers. How far we are left behind?” he asked.

The president said he does not want Indonesia to continue to fall behind. He also does not want Indonesia continuously stuck in negative thoughts. He wants the nation of Indonesia can re-unite to jointly build the nation.

“I invite you, brothers and sisters, get such negative thoughts out of all of us. Propel yourself to the positive thoughts to move forward together, working together for this nation,” he concluded. (lpt6/tpp)