Jokowi wants simpler institutional reporting
The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed ministries and state institutions to simplify their reporting processes to improve efficiency.
During his speech on Thursday at the Governmental Accounting and Financial Reporting working meeting at the State Palace, Jakarta, he was critical about the complicated reporting system currently in use at public institutions.
He said the average annual financial report from a government institution consisted of 44 separate documents.
"That doesn’t even include subreports. Thus, the total can be 108, or even 112 [documents]. Make it simple; two to three reports are the maximum for me," Jokowi said.
The President added that creating reports constituted 70 percent of civil servants' working hours, which should be spent on their main activities and projects.
He also told state bodies to focus on the results of their programs, warning that they should not be aiming for the ‘unqualified opinion’ status from the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) on their financial reports.
He said that the BPK records showed 85 percent of financial reports from ministerial-level institutions had ‘unqualified opinion’ status, while respectively 90 percent and 66 percent of reports from institutions at the provincial and municipal levels recorded ‘unqualified opinion’ status.Read also: Religious Affairs, Home Ministries receive unqualified opinion from BPK
Nevertheless, Jokowi lauded the general efforts of state institutions nationwide to submit their financial reports.
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