Minister Luhut: Indonesia’s Development for Improving Economy and Strengthening Unity


WASHINGTON, – In his speech at Usindo gala dinner on Wednesday (4/18) in Washington, Coordinating Minister for Economy Luhut Pandjaitan explained the economic progress in Indonesia and the huge opportunity for investment from Sabang to Merauke.

“Currently we focus on the infrastructure development to boost the economy and strengthen the unity of Indonesian people spreading on 70 thousand islands,” he said.

He added the development is also conducted more in regions outside Java, especially eastern Indonesia, to reach equality. According to him, based on the ongoing development, in 2019 the economic growth could be expected to reach 6% and even 7% in 2021.

Besides the infrastructure development, Luhut added, the policy to oblige the raw materials to be processed first before being exported has proven to be quite effective in driving the growth of economy.

Regarding manpower, Minister Luhut said Indonesian manpower still need to be upskilled further. “The government will soon focus on the education, especially for training and technology vocational education in the regions outside Java.”

He added that now remote areas in Indonesia have shown some development progresses. For example, in the border areas of Kalimantan and Malaysia, where public facilities have been built. The sea toll concept to connect the spreading islands has also generated some positive results in economy and sea transportation.

The tourism has also become priority in the development by promoting new tourist destinations such as Labuan Bajo, Lake Toba, Mandalika and Banyuwangi as the New Bali. “Hopefully they will increase the revenue from tourism in the future,” said Minister Luhut.

Closing his speech, Luhut mentioned the political year 2019 in the legislative and presidential elections. According to him, President Joko Widodo who will run again for the presidential candidacy, is currently supported by 70% of the political party from previously only 30%.

The minister assured that the presidential election will go smoothly, not like the rowdy election of Jakarta governor, because President Jokowi is known as devout Muslim, humble, and never use his power for personal purposes. (INDN/TPP)