"The development of human resources will elicit greater attention than other sectors. Competent human resources will boost the prosperity of the people, with high moral character, based on Pancasila, to transform Indonesia into an advanced country in keeping with the aspirations of our founding fathers," Jokowi noted at the ceremony to commemorate Pancasila Day.
The head of state pointed to the fact that the nation would encounter much greater global challenges, including wider openness, tighter competition, and technological developments, especially information technology.
"It will open wider the space for fake news, blasphemy, and slander in society," he added.
Concurrently, Jokowi remarked that the government had constantly sought solutions to a host of domestic issues, including poverty and inequality.
"We have to remain optimistic. We have to believe that we are already on the right track. We continue on the path of infrastructure development for uniting the nation. We have succeeded in reducing the poverty rate and narrowing inequality. We have maintained economic growth and working opportunities in the midst of turbulence in the global economy," the president emphasized.
Jokowi appealed to all stakeholders, including religious leaders, public figures, intellectuals, and academicians, to work towards facilitating the development of Indonesian human resources.
The president led a ceremony to mark Pancasila Day at the Pancasila Building, Foreign Affairs Ministry, at around 8 a.m. local time on Saturday.
Pancasila Day is observed on June 1. On this day, Pancasila was formulated at the meeting of the Investigating Committee for Preparatory Work for Independence (BPUPKI) held on May 29 to June 1, 1945.
The Constitution of 1945 defined Pancasila as the fundamental principles of the independent Indonesian state. EDITED BY INE