Jakarta - After the meeting with the Minister of Bappenas yesterday (5/6/2017), Committee IV of DPD RI and budget team of Committee I, II, III rediscuss the Budget Bill of fiscal year 2018 in a working meeting with the Minister of Finance of Republic of Indonesia in Parliament Complex, Wednesday (6/9/2017).

Chairman of Committee IV, Ajiep Padindang hoped that in 2018 there will be no decrease in funding for the village, "I hope the village can get the budget on the range of 70-100 million that will be accepted in 2018. I hope to get comprehensive information from the minister's mother about the 2018 Draft State Budget today" .
On the occasion, Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani said that the APBN prepared in 2018 is based on several contexts, namely the economy. "In 2018 the projected world economy will be better with 3.6%, but we remain cautious for international trade is still stagnant in 3.9%," she explained.

ASEAN countries, he continued, in 2018 estimated the economy will grow above 5%, and Investment will increase compared to the previous year which will grow 6.3%.

Associated with inflation that will increase people's purchasing power, according to Sri, the factors that trigger inflation are food prices and government regulated prices. "With the RAPBN 2018, the president determines the government-regulated prices such as energy prices, electricity and fuel that will not change," she concluded

Connected to Indonesian debt, Sri explained that the increased of debt can still be controlled, "We can control the debt, it is rumored that the debt seems to be a big problem whereas we can overcome it, but the government still plans it carefully to finance the things that are priority," she said.

With tax revenue from the tax amnesty has been completed, Sri said the government will seek government spending to make strategic spending such as infrastructure spending, and the absorption of expenditure to reduce poverty and widespread benefits.

In 2018, the macro assumptions used were growth to 5.4%, inflation by 3.5%, and the exchange rate of 13,500 / dollar, with the price of oil 48 dollars per barrel, the focus of the APBN is on the expenditure spending priority side to reduce poverty and employment Opportunity. In addition, state revenues from taxes, excise customs and non-tax revenues also become the focus of the state budget in addition to keeping financing under control.

In the last session, West Sumatera Senator, Leonardy Harmainy conveyed the aspirations of the region because many UMKM entrepreneurs found it difficult to fulfill the obligation to pay taxes, "About taxes, if one way to increase taxes is with e-invoices, for big  entrepreneurs it has been set, but in the region, for the level of UMKM or start-up enterpeneurs, there may be policies that often causing obstacles.”

"Regarding the village fund that remains 60 trillion in 2018, the delay in the village fund is caused by the regency that is late to channel the funds. The absence one is the technical facilitator, whereas the village head has no experience. Please help to overcome technical problems in the regions that lack of technical guidance, "he said.

Meanwhile the senator of Lampung, Andi Surya requested that the division of funds in the field of education can be evenly distributed. "Students in Indonesia is about 7 millions where about 60% comes from the private sector. However, in accordance with the national education system law, there is no dichotomy of public universities with private sector, where the allocation of 90% of funds goes to state universities, while private sector only recieve funds by 10%, "he explained.

At the end of the event, Sri said that she would reform the taxation. "We use taxes to provide incentives for businesses to increase their investment interest," she said.

There are several important points that Sri emphasized, namely the focus of subsidies to reduce poverty and inequality between regions, and no oil price increase in 2018.

Highlighting the education sector, there are 19.7 million people who will recieve Indonesia smart cards to remain school, followed by BOS program, scholarships and professional allowance of pns teachers, non-pns, so that the education sector is getting better and the absorption is appropriate. According to Sri the ability of the area is supported by good human resources. (Adn)

06 September 2017