President Jokowi Urges Non-APBN Resources for Financing Infrastructure

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President Jokowi has urged to seek resources other than state budget (APBN) to finance the infrastructure projects. That issue has also been discussed with National Development Planning (Bappenas) Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro.

“Earlier I talked with Minister of Bappenas regarding non- APBN financing resources,” said Jokowi in the Presidential Office on Friday (12 August).

“We hope that the non-APBN resources will be able to accelerate the completion of the projects,” he added.

One subject under discussion between President Jokowi and the Minister of Bappenas was about the inventory of the non- APBN resources. From the inventory, it came up Tax Amnesty and pension funds as the top two in the list.

“The most important thing is that the regulation about it has to be drafted right away, so that the funds can be used directly to finance the projects soon,” said Jokowi.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani supported the idea of using the non-APBN resources to finance infrastructure project, as it will inflate the budget allocation for social purposes.

“The main point needs to be considered is to alleviate poverty. So there has to be synergy there,” she said. Moreover, non- APBN fund resources have a big potential so they need to be used optimally.(igt)