Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian called on regional governments to team up with food producers to control the rate of inflation.

"I believe that synergy among 552 regional leaders, PKK (Family Welfare Empowerment) mobilization teams, and business actors will help the country put a lid on inflation rates by ensuring sufficient food stocks," he noted in a statement received from his office here on Wednesday.

Karnavian made the statement during the handover of 15,120 packs of cooking oil from the Indonesian Vegetable Oil Industry Association (GIMNI) to the Chairwoman of the Home Affairs Ministry's Central PKK Mobilization Team, Tri Suswati Karnavian.

The cooking oil will then be distributed under the Cheap Market movement.

"Do not view this activity as a trivial event. To me, this is good momentum since not all business entities share GIMNI's and PKK teams' care (for inflation)," he remarked.

Karnavian expressed hope that the cooperation forged between the Home Affairs Ministry and GIMNI would inspire all regional leaders and members of PKK teams across the country to carry out similar activities in a bid to control inflation.

The minister then underlined that Indonesia's national inflation rate of 2.84 percent stands among the best in the world, noting that the country has been successful in keeping its inflation stable and under control in the past two years.

Earlier, President Joko Widodo remarked that the current inflation rate reflects an improvement as compared to the rate of 9.6 percent recorded a decade ago.

In this regard, the head of state commended Minister Karnavian for making a breakthrough by opening an inflation information system in all regions of Indonesia.

"Every week, Minister Karnavian checked the inflation rate one by one in each province, city, and district. The figure is revealed for everyone to know," he remarked during a meeting at the State Palace on Friday (June 14).

On the same occasion, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto underscored that Indonesia's inflation rate is better than that of several fellow G20 countries, such as Russia, India, Australia, and the United States.

"The inflation in May stood at 2.84 percent year-on-year, better than that of other G20 countries, such as Russia's 7.84 percent, India's 4.75 percent, Australia's 3.6 percent, and the United States' 3.3 percent," he remarked.

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