President Joko Widodo has declared that Indonesia is becoming stronger in the global competition."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Russias Ambassador to Indonesia Mikhail Galuzin has lauded President Joko Widodo (Jokowi)s speech in which he had emphasized the need to make Indonesia more competitive globally.

"I am impressed by the message conveyed by President Joko Widodo. President Joko Widodo has declared that Indonesia is becoming stronger in the global competition," Mikhail Galuzin said when attending the annual session of the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR) on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of Indonesias Independence, here on Tuesday.

The ambassador remarked that Russia has expressed its readiness to cooperate with Indonesia in the field of infrastructure development.

The infrastructure development program increases the competitiveness of Indonesia, Galuzin noted, and has resulted in friendly countries wanting to cooperate and invest further.

In addition, the ambassador asked the foreign diplomats to study a number of new laws put in place by Indonesia, including the legislation offering a tax amnesty.

"I hope we can comprehensively discuss the issue of infrastructure development in the eastern part of Indonesia," Galuzin pointed out.

President Joko Widodo had earlier noted that the government was focusing on poverty eradication, employment creation and narrowing down the social gap as part of the efforts to accelerate the national development program.

"As part of the efforts to expedite development, the government focused on three breakthrough steps of eradicating poverty, unemployment and social gap and imbalance," President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) recalled in his State of the Nation address during a joint session of the House of Representatives (DPR) and the Regional Legislative Council (DPD) here on Tuesday, in connection with the 71st anniversary of the Indonesian Independence.

The three steps are, respectively, accelerating infrastructure development; improving human resources and enhancing productive capacity building; and deregulating and de-bureaucratizing procedures.

Infrastructure development will strengthen connectivity and narrow down the social gap and imbalances, he stressed.

The acceleration of logistics infrastructure development include construction of roads, seaports, airports and railways, while strategic infrastructure development covers, among other things, power plants, telecommunication networks, irrigation system and public housing.

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