Confident Indonesia will eliminate extreme poverty by 2024: minister

Confident Indonesia will eliminate extreme poverty by 2024: minister

A screenshot of Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration, Abdul Halim Iskandar, at the inauguration of a village tourism facility in West Nusa Tenggara, observed from Jakarta on Wednesday (October 27, 2021). (ANTARA/Zubi Mahrofi)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration, Abdul Halim Iskandar, has expressed confidence that Indonesia would be free of extreme poverty by 2024.

"When President Joko Widodo declared that zero percent extreme poverty would be achieved in 2024, I felt confident that we could achieve the target on time," Minister Iskandar stated while inaugurating a village tourism facility in West Nusa Tenggara, observed from Jakarta on Wednesday.

He said his ministry has proceeded with a village-level approach and completed village SDGs-based microdata to achieve the zero percent extreme poverty level on time.

"The ministry strives to assist villages to complete and update the microdata to assist us in achieving zero poverty villages," Iskandar remarked.

The microdata would allow for direct and targeted benefit distribution and will be in the best interests of villagers, he added.

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As per the Village Ministry's Regulation No. 21 of 2020, village SDGs-based data comprises villagers' family and address data, smallest village administrative units data, and village development data, Iskandar explained.

The SDG-based data is collected by village volunteers, then stored, and utilized by the village authority to nurture data-based development planning habits in the village, the minister said.

"Village data would allow better village development planning, as data, instead of demand of one villager's group, would become the main basis for village development," Iskandar explained.

The minister confirmed the nationwide SDGs-based village data collection has reached 60 percent completion. The data collection will proceed until its completion, as it would serve as the basis for conceiving an extreme poverty eradication plan and achieving the zero percent target by 2024, he added.

"Praise be to God, the collection process has reached 60 percent as we believe the village has great potential. We believe we will completely eradicate extreme poverty by 2024," Minister Iskandar remarked.

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