“The construction of infrastructure that continues to be carried out by the Ministry of PUPR is one of the important factors in restoring the positive trend in economic growth," the minister stated in his speech, which was read by secretary general of the ministry, Anita Firmanti, in Jakarta on Monday.
According to Minister Hadimuljono, in the past nine months, all countries in the world, including Indonesia, have felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as evident in the weakening of productive sectors and the contraction of the national economy.
Indonesia must remain grateful that its condition is relatively better than other countries, which have experienced a greater decline in the same period, he said.
Several efforts have been made to recover the national economy, one of which is increasing people's purchasing power through infrastructure development, he noted.
"The multiplier effect of infrastructure development will accelerate the growth of other sectors so that it will leverage the acceleration of the national economic recovery," the minister remarked.
Efforts to develop infrastructure are directed at supporting the Equitable Development Pillar for realizing the Golden Indonesia Vision 2045 by connecting production areas with distribution areas, facilitating access to tourist areas, creating new jobs, and accelerating the increase in added value to the people's economy, Hadimuljono added.
The National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024 also mandates improving the quality and access to infrastructure as well as equitable distribution of basic services across regions as the basis for development, he noted.
Sustainable and inclusive regional development is aimed at developing leading sectors, strategic tourism areas, industrial areas, urban areas, underdeveloped areas, border areas, rural areas, and transmigration, he remarked. (INE)
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