Kadin calls for avoiding noise in political year

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) expects all parties to avoid creating political noise in the political year 2018 as businesses need a peaceful atmosphere that supports the continuity of their business.

Chairman of Kadin Indonesia, Eddy Ganefo, stated here on Monday that political noise has a great impact on business sustainability.

"Many investors will postpone their investment until the noise is over, and people will delay and hold back their economic activity until the disturbance ends," he noted.

Therefore, Ganefo suggested that the government and the security apparatus should ensure security while entering the political year, starting from 2018 until 2019.

Generally, business actors always tend to withstand business expansion in political years if the situation is not conducive, or there is commotion, and wait for a conducive time again to continue business activities.

According to him, the political dynamics that emerged in this political year must be managed well. Let the economy keep going well, so that the economic achievement in 2017 will increase significantly in 2018 and 2019.

However, he expressed belief that the influence of political dynamics in the year of simultaneous regional head elections (Pilkada) and presidential elections (Pilpres) is not significant to the business world. Some government policies have kept the economy going well.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has issued a policy that in 2018, the government would take advantage of village funds for labor-intensive activities, which means there will be strengthening of peoples purchasing power.

In addition, some businesses actually develop into the political year; for example, food and beverage industry, t-shirts, and print industry.

"Usually in pilkada and pilpres, there will be many activities. This will increase certain industries, such as food and beverage, hotel occupancy, and transportation," he revealed.

For that, he suggested that business actors would remain optimistic in running their business when entering the political year.

Eddya is confident that the government and the security forces will work hard to create a sense of peace in the implementation of Pilkada and Pilpres.

The year 2018 is a political year, in which there will be hundreds of simultaneous regional elections and a warming up to the 2019 presidential election.

Source: ANTARA News

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