“We are committed to ensuring that the 2017 state budget is prepared carefully for the sake of improving the people’s welfare. This budget must be based on priority programs."
Jokowi
Cahyo | Biro Pers Sekretariat Presiden

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo applauded the House of Representatives (DPR) for passing 10 laws this year, one of which was the tax amnesty law passed in June.

Another law that was ratified this year was the Public Housing Savings Law that guarantees decent and affordable living costs for the public. Meanwhile, the tax amnesty policy is aimed at supporting the state revenue. The government aims to increase its tax revenue by IDR 165 trillion from the tax amnesty policy this year.

Lawmakers also passed the law on the Protection and Empowerment of Fishermen, Fish Cultivation and Salt Cultivation as a way to improve the welfare of fishermen and the nation’s maritime sector. (Column: Unreasonable State Budget and Pessimism Over Tax Amnesty)

As for the state budget, the government and parliament are in talks concerning the 2017 state budget and the Accountability for the Implementation of the 2015 State Budget.

“We are committed to ensuring that the 2017 state budget is prepared carefully for the sake of improving the people’s welfare. This budget must be based on priority programs. It should no longer be a mere distribution of funds to working units,” Jokowi said in his speech concerning the 2017 state budget and financial notes during a DPR plenary session at the MPR/ DPR building in Jakarta on Tuesday (16/8).

(Read: Government Certain of Economic Growth due to State Budget Cut)

As for supervision, Jokowi said the House has called for optimisation of inspections by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) and the role of the parliament’s commission and members of the board. Lawmakers have also conducted a fit and proper test on state officials proposed by the government.

The President also took this opportunity to commend efforts for promoting and taking in the aspirations of the public on the implementation of the values of the Pancasila, 1945 Constitution, Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) and Unity in Diversity (Bhinneka Tunggal Ika). (Read: Sri Mulyani Slams Calculation of Tax Targets in the Past Two Years)

The government also welcomed the People’s Consultative Assembly’s (MPR) suggestion to review the long-term national development planning system. “In this era of global competition, we expect this type of analysis to support a more integrated development planning method that is sustainable for the future,” he said.