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President Jokowi Asks DPD to Support Government In Infrastructure Development

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Jakarta, dpd.go.id - In the framework of the follow-up of a series of assessments and symposiums together with the review institute of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), Friday (17/11) the House of Regional Representative of the Republic of Indonesia (DPD RI) held a National Meeting of DPD RI with the theme " Achieve the Constitutional Obligation of DPD RI "in Nusantara IV, Parliament Complex Senayan.

Attending the event of the meeting of DPD RI, President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo accompanied by the Head Office of Presidential Staff (KSP), Teten Masduki. In addition also present were Minister of Work Cabinet Menkopolhukam Wiranto, Minister of Marine and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti. Also Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly, Zulkifli Hasan, the 6th Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, Try Sutrisno, Chairman of DPD RI Period 2004-2009, Ginandjar Kartasasmita, Chairman of BPK RI, Harry Azhar Azis, Chairman of MPR RI, Rully Chairul Azwar, the ambassador of friendly countries, Chief Editor of Mass Media, Community Organization and Youth, Members of DPR RI and Members of DPD RI.

In the National Workshop of the House of Regional Representative (DPD) RI, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said the fourth industrial revolution was so fast in all countries, including Indonesia. Therefore, there should be a rapid movement to prepare infrastructure development policies that are not only Java Sentris but also Indonesia Sentris.

Jokowi further said, DPD RI should provide support for government programs in building the region, in an effort to support regional economic growth. According to him, with the support of DPD RI, the foundations of regional development will be stronger and this nation will be able to more quickly in entering the stage of Human Resources development.

Jokowi also talked about the incessant development of infrastructure that quite a lot of criticism in recent times.

One of the critics goes to the development of Trans Papua. Many doubt that the development tends to be wasteful, because the economic activity is still low but has provided such a wide road.

"Someone asked me if there is any guarantee that the development of Trans Papua will increase the economic growth in the land of Papua?" Jokowi said in front of senators of DPD.

"It's like between the eggs and the chicken which will be built first, should we build the road first followed with the economic growth or we wait for the economy to grow then building the roads, of course DPD should provide support for building the regions, DPD RI’s support is at once the effort to realize the constitutional obligations of DPD RI" said Jokowi who were applauded.

On that occasion, Nono Sampono, as Vice Chairman of DPD RI requested support from the government to realize the constitutional DPD RI. "DPD has a commitment to strengthen its role and function in the state administration for that we ask for support from the government of DPR / MPR to realize the constitution of DPD RI in improving the constitutional system in the 1945 Constitution".

Chairman of DPD RI, Oesman Sapta Odang (OSO) also asked for support to the President and the government. "Once again we affirm that to realize the constitutional obligations of DPD RI, the support of the President, the support of DPR RI, and the support of all parties is absolutely necessary", concluded OSO.

OSO also mentioned the revision of Act No. 17/2014 on MPR, DPR, DPD and DPRD (MD3). According to him, the MD3 Act should be revised.

"It is necessary to amend a number of Laws to restore the constitutional obligations, namely the MD3 Act, P3Act and other Laws, including the Act 17/2003 on state finances. With the improvement of the various laws, the legislation authority of DPD RI can be normalized again according to the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia ", he said. (sna)

17 November 2017
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