Jakarta (ANTARA) - Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has assured that the development of the new Indonesian capital, Nusantara (IKN), will still be carried out.

"Priority programs are also focused on the progress of economic transformations, infrastructure development, including the progress of the Nusantara capital city," the minister said during a meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR) on Tuesday.

During the meeting, she and the lawmakers discussed the macroeconomic and fiscal policies outlined in the 2024 draft state budget.

Some factions in the DPR highlighted the need to improve spending quality to support development and public welfare agendas in an effective and efficient manner.

The minister responded by pointing out that the government is on the same page with the DPR on that aspect.

Hence, the government is consistently making efforts to improve spending by adopting efficiency in purchasing basic needs as well as hosting additional programs to support the prioritized ones, Indrawati informed.

Priority programs also serve as a way to push economic transformation through various means, such as improving education access and quality through the Smart Indonesia Program, Smart Indonesia Card for tertiary education, and school operational assistance, the minister elaborated.

Moreover, the government aims to improve the quality and access to healthcare by promoting effective National Health Insurance, enhancing pharmacies' capability, and establishing a robust medical system, she added.

Indrawati underscored the need for the government's support for successful and conducive general elections in 2024.

"In line with the spirit of better spending, the government consistently refines regional spending quality to improve synergy between the central government and regional governments, as well as interregional aspects," she added.

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Translator: Imamatul Silfia, Mecca Yumna
Editor: Anton Santoso
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