President Jokowi calls to improve ease of doing business indicators

President Jokowi calls to improve ease of doing business indicators

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi). (ANTARA/Puspa Perwitasari)

Indonesia has now been categorized as a top reformer in the latest EODB report."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) here on Wednesday urged to speed up efforts to improve Ease of Doing Business (EODB) indicators to boost Indonesias ranking.

"I call on all ministers and heads of state institutions to focus on efforts to upgrade the EODB ranking by accelerating improvements in the EODB indicators comprising 10 indicators," the president stated during a cabinet meeting on the issue.

He expressed gratitude to all ranks of the government for their efforts so far that have helped to improve Indonesias ranking by 15 positions from initially 106 to 91 in 2016.

Jokowi, however, reminded that the target is set at 40.

"Indonesia has now been categorized as a top reformer in the latest EODB report," he pointed out.

Jokowi said Indonesia should demonstrate that it can carry out speedy reforms with regard to EODB and investment.

The president emphasized that focus must be laid on improving the indicators that are still below 100 to make them at least below 80.

"Improvement of every indicator must become the priority of ministries and state institutions, so that efforts will be more focused, while concrete targets must be set. Officials in charge of improving EODB in all ministries and state institutions must really understand the substance of improvement and reform that we are carrying out," he said.

After all efforts are made, steps to bring about improvements may be initiated, including by spreading information and intensively communicating with business players to make them aware of the reform efforts that have been made, he explained.

"I also call for the attention of all ministers and heads of state institutions in view of the existing regulatory hurdles that must immediately be overcome while simultaneously carrying out the deregulation process," he stated.

President Jokowi has admitted to the presence of several regulations, including ministerial ones, which have continued to emerge but are actually no longer needed and have the potential to create new problems, when in fact they are meant to ensure stability.

"If regulations are to be made, consultations must be carried out with the public several times for months, and transparency should be maintained to prevent surprises," he emphasized.

President Jokowi expressed hope that the countrys EODB ranking would further improve this year.

(Reported by Hanni Sofia Soepardi/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/B003)

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