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People first in Jokowi’s 2019 budget

  • Rachmadea Aisyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 18 2018   /  02:18 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is going all-out to improve the country’s human capital in the final year of his first term in office, with human development a key priority of the proposed 2019 state budget.

The government would increase state spending next year by 10 percent to Rp 2,439.7 trillion (US$166.63 billion), Jokowi stated in his financial note address on Thursday, with the budget to be geared toward strengthening social protection programs and upskilling workers.

Addressing the House of Representatives, the President said Indonesia’s most important asset was its people.

“Therefore, the government will not only prioritize infrastructure investment but also investments in upskilling workers,” Jokowi said during his speech on the 2019 budget.

For example, the proposed budget includes a 12.3 percent increase in the education budget to Rp 487....