Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has said fellow regional heads should strive for targets set to by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, during a commemoration of the president’s second anniversary this week.
“We, the regional heads, should follow the elected president’s vision and mission, but it cannot be deliberately applied like that. We have to follow Nawacita [Jokowi’s seven goals]. We apply it from every sector,” Basuki said on Monday (24/10).
Basuki made the comments while attending a national conference on the second year anniversary of the Jokowi-Kalla administration at the Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel.
He was joined by Banyuwangi Mayor Abdullah Azwar Annas said the goals of regional governments shouldn’t be separated from those of the central government. He cited tourism as an example, as the sector touches on infrastructure, economy and culture.
“It is impossible to invite people if the roads are bad and there is no water,” he said.
Azwar said Banyuwangi has been successful in implementing Jokowi’s plans, with the region’s income per capita increasing to Rp 33.7 million ($2,600) per person annually in 2015, up from Rp 14.7 million in 2014.
Poverty in the city has dropped 9.93 percent to just over 10 percent from a pre-2010 rate of 20 percent.