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Jakarta Post

241 cities, regencies yet to establish investment task forces

  • Anton Hermansyah
    Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 28, 2018   /   07:07 pm
241 cities, regencies yet to establish investment task forces President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said regions across the country must establish investment acceleration task forces. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on 241 cities and regencies across the country to follow the other regions to establish investment acceleration task forces, needed for the implementation of the online single submission system being prepared by the government.

"For those who do not have the investment acceleration tax forces, please establish them soon. We do not want to lose to other countries," Jokowi said in Jakarta on Wednesday when meeting with regents and mayors from across the country.

Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said the task forces would be established in all government levels ministries, provinces, regencies and municipalities to help smooth coordination related to the business licensing process and to monitor the process at each bureaucratic level.

Such coordination is needed because investors have to move from the central government office to arrange their business licenses, Darmin said, adding that without any one in charge of the issue, no one would care about the speed in issuing licenses in regional administrations.

Darmin revealed that from all the provinces, only nine had fully completed the establishment of the task forces both in the provincial and regency/municipal levels. Those provinces are: West Sumatra, Bengkulu, Riau, Jambi, Bangka Belitung, South Sumatra, Yogyakarta, Gorontalo and Southeast Sulawesi.

The remaining provinces have already established task forces in the provincial levels, but not yet in the regency/municipal levels, Darmin said, adding that West Papua was the only province that had not established a task force at the provincial level. (bbn)