All countries around the world are facing same major problems in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery post-pandemic
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Business players urgently require economic and political stability to recover and revive from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Investment Minister and Investment Coordinating Board Head (BKPM) Bahlil Lahadalia.

“All countries around the world are facing same major problems in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery post-pandemic,” Lahadalia noted in a press statement received here on Monday.

Lahadalia made the statement during a discussion on national survey findings themed “Economic Recovery Post-COVID-19 pandemic, Pandemic Fatigue, and Electoral Dynamics ahead of the 2021 General Election” organized by the Indonesian Indicator Politics, on Sunday.

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The former chairman of the Indonesian Young Entrepreneur Association (HIPMI) acknowledged that economic recovery was no easy task, though Indonesia had continued to clock positive economic growth reaching 3.5 percent in the third quarter of 2021.

Although such progress cannot make the public content with the current economic situation, he expressed happiness to see, based on a survey, that the public satisfaction level regarding the performance of the Widodo-Amin government in the last four months had touched 71 percent in December 2021.

“We work day and night in the cabinet that also works in detail. The president not only gave instructions, but he also checked how far, what the problems are and the targets,” he explained.

The investment also performed well, as the global perception on Indonesia during 2021 was better than the corresponding year, he added.

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Hence, the government should maintain the achievement by upholding the stability of COVID-19 management and politics as well as building positive perception among Indonesian citizens, he explained.

Meanwhile, survey findings on the extension of Jokowi’s government until 2027 are in line with some discussions conducted by business players, according to Lahadalia.

“In general, the thought is how, as parts of the democratic process, the leadership shift can be postponed? They thought so since it will be hard to face another political problem in the near future while they just started to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” he affirmed.

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Furthermore, Indonesians need to decide which prioritized problems should be solved, either addressing the pandemic or voting for the new leadership through general election, he remarked.

He remains sanguine that economic growth will be better and the investment target of Rp900 trillion in 2021 can be achieved followed by attaining the investment target of Rp1,200 trillion.

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Translator: Ade Irma, Juwita Trisna
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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