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Jakarta Post

'Break away from the natural resources curse': Jokowi sets sights on human development

  • Rachmadea Aisyah and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 19, 2019   /  08:13 pm
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Students participate in the hoisting of a giant national flag. The government's budget allocation for education will increase 5.72 percent year-on-year to Rp 505.8 trillion in 2020.(JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan )

“Improved human resources for an advanced Indonesia” were the words that caught the attention of the audience when displayed on a big banner spread across a stage on which Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati was seen dancing with her staff to celebrate Indonesia's 74th year of independence. After decades of reliance on natural products, from spices, palm oil and raw ore to oil, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has reiterated his commitment to break Indonesia away from the “natural resources curse” and focus on human development. For that intention, the government has allocated tens of billions of dollars from the proposed 2020 state budget that carries the theme “state budget for competitiveness acceleration through innovation and empowerment of human resources quality”, the President said in his state of the union address on Fri...