"One of the proposed programs that a majority of the meeting's participants, particularly those coming from the eastern parts of Indonesia were told about, is related to the variables applied for calculating development budget for the archipelagic regions," he said.
The governors whose territories consist of islands and isles complained about having a one-size-fits-all method for calculating the development budget for both land-based territories and archipelagic ones.
For the archipelagic areas with a small population, their development tends to go rather slowly, he said, adding that the new formulated variables for calculating the allocated development budget would later be offered to the central government as a working program.
Born on May 7, 1969 in Kuningan, West Java Province, Anies Baswedan is well known by the Indonesian public as a scholar, political analyst, and activist.
Before getting involved in public services as the governor, Baswedan had led the Paramadina University in Jakarta, and the Ministry of Education and Culture in the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla administration's cabinet line-up. (INE)
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