The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has set the ambitious target of spending 95 percent of the 2013 city budget by optimizing the online procurement system and imposing strict control mechanisms.
The figure represents a 10 percentage point increase from the 85 percent recorded last year under the term of Jokowi’s predecessor Fauzi Bowo.
“This year, we have to spend at least 95 percent of the city budget,” Jokowi told his officials during a briefing on Wednesday at City Hall. “We will start working soon after the city budget is approved by the home minister, so we can complete all programs by November.”
The Jakarta City Council approved the 2013 city budget last month of Rp 49.9 trillion ( US$5.16 billion ), a 20.84 percent increase from Rp 41.35 trillion in 2012.
Jokowi said all of the procurement projects would be conducted out online. “All of you better prepare yourselves,” he said.
He called on all officials to immediately draft budget implementation lists and carry out field checks.
The city administration has around 57,000 programs this year, including Jokowi’s priority programs. Among the top programs are massive dredging projects to address the state of rivers and lakes in the capital, the construction of innumerable percolation pits throughout the capital, redevelopment of slum areas and the expansion of the Transjakarta fleet.
He also called on all city officials to work harder to achieve the targets, while citing the creation of a system to control performance.
“Starting this year, I want to impose a system called the administration statistics index, so I can see what agency or area has not improved,” he said.
“There will no longer be subdistrict leaders who are not available during office hours, when citizens need [our services]. I will closely supervise [the implementation].”
Jokowi also called on officials to continue to innovate to address various urban issues because the capital was a role model to other regions.
“It is better to make mistakes because we make decisions, rather than never make mistakes because we don’t do anything,” he said.
Tambora district leader Isnawa Adji from West Jakarta said he was ready to support the province’s targets and programs this year.
“It is time for all officials in the provincial administration to team up and do their best to achieve the targets because it needs teamwork,” he told The Jakarta Post.
He said he had no difficulties in doing so, because “I have been doing blusukan [unannounced visits] just as the governor has been doing, for a long time ago.”