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Jakarta Post

Anies vows to include campaign promises in city budget

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 12, 2017   /   07:47 pm
Anies vows to include campaign promises in city budget Jakarta governor-elect Anies Baswedan (second left) attends a meeting at the Jakarta City Council building in Central Jakarta on Oct. 10. ( /Nursita Sari)

Jakarta governor-elect Anies Baswedan, who will be inaugurated on Monday, has said that he will focus on including his campaign promises in the city’s 2018 draft budget (R-APBD) during his first 45 days in office. 

“We want to ensure that what we promised [during the campaign] can be implemented, so our focus will be the draft budget,” Anies said in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, on Thursday.  

As the budget is usually deliberated in December, Anies said his first 45 days as governor would be crucial to ensuring that all his programs would be accommodated.

Anies’s synchronize team, which he formed to prepare for the transition of power, had previously discussed the revised 2017 city budget and 2018 draft budget with the current administration.

The latter has set aside Rp 1.5 billion (US$111,070) from the revised 2017 budget for Anies’s OK OCE entrepreneurship program.

“Some of our programs have been accommodated in the city’s budget, while some have not. Why not? Because we didn’t have the authority [to participate in drafting the budget] that time,” he said.  

Anies’s proposed programs include a zero percent down payment housing scheme, the Jakarta Smart Card Plus (KJP Plus) and the Jakarta Health Card Plus (KJS Plus).