The issue surfaced during a meeting between non-profit foundation in Makassar, BaKTI, KSI, Bappenas, Makassar-based Australian Consul General Richard Mathews and South Sulawesi Governor Prof HM Nurdin Abdullah on Friday.
KSI executive board member Ria Arief said that for many years now, his institution has been implementing programs along with the Indonesian and Australian governments to improve the quality of public policies in Indonesia through research, analysis and evidence.
"With his experience of a changing bureaucracy and conducting the mental revolution of the Bantaeng community, Prof HM Nurdin Abdullah has the capacity to change the bureaucracy in South Sulawesi," Ria Arief said.
According to Ria Arief, their team will conduct research on drastic changes in the bureaucratic system, government service and public conduct in Bantaeng.
He is optimistic that Prof HM Nurdin Abdullah's experience of leading Bantaeng for 10 years will be a big help to change the bureaucracy in South Sulawesi and increase the capacity of human resources in pursuit of economic progress.
Bappenas expressed hope that if South Sulawesi successfully simplifies its bureaucracy, the local culture will develop. All components of the government and the public will influence the engine of economic growth, he said.
Nurdin Abdullah said with a huge autonomy given to regions, all policies are in the hands of district heads and mayors. "Regions should grow and people should progress since 90 percent of policies lie with the regions," he said.
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