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Jakarta Post

E-system supports effective reforms

  • Grace D. Amianti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, May 26, 2017   /  09:00 am
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An Investment Coordinating Board official (right) serves a potential investor who willing to invest through the newly established-three-our investment service system introduced on Oct. 27, 2015. (KONTAN/Carolus Agus Waluyo)

Over the past few years, a number of Indonesian regions have made progress in cutting red tape and enabling business activities to be carried out with greater ease. At the heart of their achievements is the deployment of an e-system, the child of the digital revolution, that allows administrative processes to be more transparent, faster and cheaper. Regional governments are the backbone of improving the country’s investment climate and the use of e-systems must be pushed through on a larger scale to support effective reforms, a 2016 report suggests. The report, jointly prepared by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Regional Autonomy Watch (KPPOD), notes that local governments have been inconsistent in their efforts to cut complicated bureaucratic procedures and red tape, performed at poor capacity and failed to catch up with the central government. The Medan mun...