Local development is the backbone of Indonesia's progress.
Donang Wahyu|KATADATA

Minister of State-owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno has urged state companies to boost local economies. Regional growth is crucial and can be used as an indicator of national economic growth.

To that end, Rini is calling on local communities to take an active role in the program. "The huge job of building the nation and making it prosperous cannot be shouldered by the government alone," she said in an official statement, Friday (29/7).

She said that the public cannot just sit back and wait for prosperity to happen. "We must constantly work hard and work together to achieve it," she said. (Read: Inflation Under Control, Urban PovertyDown, Rural Poverty Up).

Rini made this appeal in Wonosobo at anniversary celebration of eight SOEs. The minister said that development must continue across the nation, for the interests of today’s and future generations. Local development is the backbone of Indonesia's progress.

The SOE Ministry chose to celebrate the anniversary in Wonosobo because the city is an example of local development. Wonosobo has abundant natural and cultural resources, and has developed established eco-tourism and agro-tourism industries based on local commodities including potatoes, tea, and coffee.

Wonosobo also has the potential to develop biogas or livestock tourism, village tourism based on the unique features of the local culture, and Sikunir Hill asa prime destination for sunrise tourism. The district also offers enormous biodiversity and unique, rare, high-value ecosystems. (Read: Limited Paddies, Kalla Wants Higher Rice Productivity).

The Synergy Tourism Priority Program for SOEs in Yogyakarta, Solo and Semarang also considers Dieng Plateau, which is geographically located in Wonosobo, to be an important part of the Dieng Cluster development.

In same occasion, a number of SOEs handed over corporate social responsibility (CSR) donations. Badan Klasifikasi Indonesia gifted a gas oven, electric oven and mixer. Inalum donated ten display cases, and Jaminan Kredit Indonesia gifted two floating docks and ten tour boats.

Aneka Tambang gave one stilt house and three gazebos, Bank Negara Indonesia gave five toilets, and Pertamina donated 20 square meters of green canopy and ten tour boats. Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) donated 20 lighting equipment units, 307 wheelchairs, 24 crutches, and 49 hearing aids, and Bank Mandiri gifted a motorcycle.

The eight SOEs celebrating their anniversaries at the even were BNI, which coordinated the event, Bank Mandiri, Aneka Tambang, Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia, Indofarma,Petrokimia Gresik, Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan dan Ratu Boko, Jaminan Kredit Indonesia, and Perumnas.