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Jokowi tells ministers to address socioeconomic disparity

  • Fedina S. Sundaryani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 31, 2017   /  07:00 pm
Jokowi tells ministers to address socioeconomic disparity President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (center) accompanied by a number of ministers speaks during the launch of the Export Purposed Import Tax Waiver (KITE) for small and medium enterprises in Tumang village, Boyolali, Central Java, on Jan. 30. (JP/Anton Hermansyah)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called on his Cabinet ministers to create a policy to address socioeconomic disparity in the country.

"All citizens should have the same opportunities without exception," he said during the opening of a closed-door Cabinet meeting at the Bogor Palace in West Java on Tuesday.

“In December 2016, I ordered the coordinating economic minister to compile a policy that eradicates the long-standing socioeconomic disparity,” the President added.

(Read also: Indonesia prepares measures to reduce inequality)

Although Jokowi acknowledged that the country's Gini ratio – the most commonly used measure of inequality in which zero reflects perfect equality and 1 reflects perfect inequality -- has decreased significantly since 2015, the government still had a lot of work to do.

According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the country's Gini ratio dropped to 0.387 in March 2016 from 0.402 in September 2015. (bbn)

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