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Jakarta Post

SBY says new road map will reduce poverty by 3 percent

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 23 2012   /  08:44 am

Maintaining an optimistic tone despite the numerous graft scandals that have implicated members of his Democratic Party, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says that the government’s new road map on poverty eradication will improve people’s welfare.

The road map, titled the “Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Poverty Reduction” (MP3KI) was launched in January.

It provides long-term guidelines for the government to reduce poverty nationwide from 2012 to 2025.

“With regard to the current global economic crisis, which may also affect our economy, we should respond by reducing budget spending. Any projects that can be postponed, such as building construction, should be put off,” the President said on Wednesday during a Cabinet meeting on the master plan at the Presidential Office.

“Don’t let it be business as usual. This does not on...