Ministers and civil servants should not just do standard work: Jokowi


The world is facing a very difficult situation, starting with the COVID-19 pandemic from which (the country) has not yet recovered and some countries still having a high number (of cases), then there is a war , a food crisis, energy crisis, (and) end

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on ministers and government officials not to just carry out routines and just carry out standard or normal work as the global condition is far from normal.

“We should not (anymore) work normally, no more, because the condition is not normal,” the president stressed during the 2022 national coordination meeting on inflation control at the State Palace here on Thursday. .

The Head of State noted that the world was in shock at a difficult situation.

“The world is facing a very difficult situation, starting with the COVID-19 pandemic from which (the country) has not yet recovered and some countries still having a high number (of cases), then there is a war, a food crisis, an energy crisis, (and) a financial crisis,” he said.

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Jokowi said government officials should not work by just looking at macroeconomic figures.

“It can’t work. Believe me. (Apart from observing the) macro and micro economy, details also need to be gleaned from numbers and data,” the president stressed.

To this end, he asked district heads, mayors and governors to cooperate with the Regional Inflation Control Team (TPID) and the Central Inflation Control Team (TPIP).

“Ask the regions, what are the prices going up there that are causing the inflation? It could be rice, shallots or chilli,” he said.

He urged the TPIP to monitor regions with abundant supply of these products and link them to regions where prices are rising.

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“They need to be connected because there are 514 districts/cities and 37 provinces with new DOBs (New Autonomous Regions). It’s a big country,” the president said.

According to Bank Indonesia and the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, Indonesia’s inflation rate had reached 4.94%.

President Jokowi drew attention to five provinces with the highest inflation rates: Jambi, 8.55%; West Sumatra, 8.01%; Bangka Belitung Islands, 7.77%; Riau, 7.04%; and Aceh, 6.97%.

“Please observe in detail what is causing (the sharp rise in inflation rates), so that we can work it out together and (inflation rates) may fall back below five percent, (or even) below three percent,” he said.

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