The Jakarta Post
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the Indonesian people to be ready to welcome global economic changes in 2015, so that the country does not lag behind others.
'In 2015, the global economy will change significantly and to make Indonesia a winning nation in this global economy, we have to be really ready,' said the President in Jakarta on Thursday as quoted by Antara news agency.
He made the comments during his presidential lecture at the 2013 Indonesia Young Leaders Forum.
He invited all parties, including young Indonesian entrepreneurs who had joined with the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI), to prepare to be competitive so that Indonesia could match other countries when the ASEAN Economic Community was formed in 2015.
'Bureaucracy that used to hamper [any activities] should end,' said Yudhoyono, adding that all parties should report any bureaucratic problems they found to the authorities.
As political tensions heat up in run up to the 2014 elections, the President urged all parties to remain aware of the need to maintain national stability.
'Only with stability will this nation be ready to welcome the new ASEAN Economic Community in 2015,' he said.
Meanwhile, HIPMI chairman Raja Sapta Oktohari said there were community groups in Indonesia that were easily provoked, causing a fragile situation could easily become unstable.
He said such a situation should be anticipated because Indonesia faced two important events: the 2014 elections and the start of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, Education and Culture Minister Muhammad Nuh, National Police chief Gen.Timur Pradopo and Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Admiral Agus Suhartono also attended the meeting.(ebf)
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