Widodo stresses need for responding to COVID as crisis


Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday underscored the importance of instilling a sense of crisis in facing the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the nation’s economy and health.

“The government is currently mobilizing all resources to deal with the pandemic, implement a vaccination program quickly to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission,” he said at the soft launch of the Golkar Institute, held online on Tuesday.

The government is also striking a balance between stepping on the brake and the gas, the President remarked.

This means that on the one hand, it is controlling the spread of the coronavirus, while on the other hand, it is implementing programs to support national economic recovery and generate post-pandemic opportunities, which could serve as a trigger for the economy to grow at a faster pace, he elaborated.

“The experience in the past 11 months has taught us that to face the pandemic there is no standard formula, or the so-called correct formula as 215 countries in the world have also been trying to find a formula considered appropriate for their respective countries,” he pointed out.

The President then appealed to all cadres of the Golkar Party and prospective regional heads to learn from the current situation, and more particularly, consider it as far from usual and respond to it like any crisis.

Next, the Head of State congratulated the party on the launch of the Golkar Institute, which will serve as a means of grooming cadres or as a cadre school that focuses on improving their knowledge and capability in the administrative field and public policy.

As a modern party, the presence of a cadre school is badly needed now that cadres must be groomed seriously in a gradual and sustainable way, the President observed.

“The effort of grooming cadres should not be taken for granted. But, it must be done maturely to have a significant impact on the party’s progress,” he added.

Any party needs more educated, professional, and competent cadres, particularly in the field of political and economic leadership, he said adding, this will not only have an impact on the party, but also contribute to the nation. (INE)



Source: Antara News


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