Government invests Rp400 trillion for infrastructure

Badung, Bali (ANTARA News) - The central government has invested Rp400 trillion for infrastructure development in 2018, or twice the amount of infrastructure budget four years ago, which was Rp160 trillion, President Joko Widodo stated.

The larger infrastructure budget has encouraged the circulation of money in rural areas, according to the president.

"Thus, the central government does not spend the money but places large amounts of money to be right on target so the money revolves around the villages," Jokowi said at the opening of the 20th National Work Meeting on Appropriate Technology and 2018 Village Innovation Development Week at Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, on Friday.

Infrastructure development is important to keep the money circulating and for improving the welfare of the villagers.

In order to improve the welfare of the peoples economy, the government will also propose village operational funds throughout Indonesia to revive the new economic points.

To do so, the president encouraged all local governments to leave the manual way of working in their governing system, and move to the application system, which is faster and easy to control.

With the Industrial Revolution 4.0, the local government must follow the development of technology and apply it to the performance of the government system.

If the local government does not follow the development of technology, it will be potentially reducing the welfare of the people in Indonesia and the country will be left behind compared to other countries.

"Be careful, the provincial government, district government, and village government must know and be able to anticipate this (challenge) so that we are not left behind other countries and we are no less competing with other countries," Jokowi noted.

Therefore, the president asked all local government officials to follow trends in technological developments, ranging from artificial intelligence to robotics and big data to virtual reality.

"We must also know about cryptocurrency and what a bitcoin is---our understanding over those new developments will help us manage and direct our governance," Jokowi remarked.

Source: ANTARA News

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