"Seven percent of Indonesia`s total 300 million people means there are 21 million Indonesians not having access to good sanitation," said the minister, when opening the 3rd East Asia Ministerial Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene on Monday.
Meanwhile, National Development Planning Agency`s Deputy Minister for Infrastructure, Dedy S Priatna, stated that the country needs Rp56 trillion to accelerate the development of good sanitation facilities until 2020.
Earlier, public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto said Indonesia placed third in ASEAN in terms of sanitation quality.
He said the government, through the Ministry of Public Works, has put in place several steps to improve Indonesians access to good sanitation by building facilities for waste management and drainage.
"During the past years the government has invested Rp3 trillion per year to build sanitation facilities," said the minister, adding that people`s active participation in maintaining infrastructure is also needed. ***3***