The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reminded public officials on Tuesday that building a comprehensive system to prevent corruption was as important as upholding the rule of law to fight corruption.
"In realizing clean governance, [corruption] prevention is as important as law enforcement," Jokowi said on Tuesday.
"Building a good and effective system, I believe, will help reduce corruption," he said.
Jokowi made the remarks when officially issuing Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 7/2017 on corruption prevention and eradication measures at the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) office on Tuesday.
The President further expressed belief that an integrated online system for central and local government budgeting, procurement, purchasing, auditing and taxation could strengthen monitoring and at the same time improve government accountability.
Giving an example of 30 percent budget efficiency in online procurements conducted by the Government Procurement Regulatory Agency (LKPP), Jokowi said Indonesia could save Rp 795 trillion (US$60.42 billion) of the total budget for procurements should all central government institutions, local administrations and state-owned enterprises (BUMNs) implement the system thoroughly.
According to Jokowi, this year, central and local governments as well as state- owned enterprises have allocated Rp 2.65 quadrillion for procurements.
"If [we] calculate 30 percent from the Rp 2.65 quadrillion, [we will save] Rp 795 trillion. That's a huge amount," he added.
The presidential instruction, which was signed by Jokowi early this month, addresses the performance of members of his Cabinet, government institutions, the attorney general, the National Police chief, governors, regents and mayors.
Under the instruction, all ministries and government institutions are required to coordinate with Bappenas in the fight against graft, while local administrations must consult with the Home Ministry in their anticorruption efforts.
With the new instruction, the President also hopes to step up corruption eradication efforts, saying that the law enforcement agencies should improve coordination and synergy.
The new guidelines cover 96 efforts to be implemented by all ministries, government institutions and local administrations this year.
"I want all the measures laid out in the instruction to be implemented well. Don't let it be merely a formality," Jokowi added.(++++)