Subianto-Uno Offers New Strategies for Future Indonesia’s 5-years Development
Pair of presidential and vice presidential candidates from the Gerindra Party's Coalition Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno - Photo Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno views that the current development taken by the Government is on the wrong path and does not have a apropos strategy. If continued, it does not bring benefits to the welfare of the society, does not increase industrialization and economic productivity and not stimulate investment and finance.

The pair assessed that the development performance during the administration of the contender of Joko Widodo for four years did not provide an opportunity for the people to be productive. In fact, the government continued to boost imports until the widest trade deficit occurred along the administration of US$8.5 billion.

With the opening of the import faucet (rice), the ex-general saw that it was actually destroying farmers because the commodity prices of farmers had to compete with cheaper imported products. If that is indeed done, actually commodity prices at the domestic farmer level become cheaper, thereby increasing people’s purchasing power. In fact, the commodity prices of farmers continue to rise and are not under control.

“Why not just industrialize and not focus on infrastructure. Infrastructure might make it easier for outside goods to enter Indonesia, not Indonesian goods coming out,” said Subianto in his speech of the final debate in Jakarta, on Saturday (04/13).

In the future, the candidates promised to reorient development strategies and create strict policies to build industries in all fields, including downstream industries.

Investment in education, health, agriculture and plantations, and entrepreneurship will be the focus of their attention, in addition to the response to the development of digital technology with the emergence of startup companies that are increasingly fertile in Indonesia.

However, they are committed to more commitment to the welfare of the small people who want the affordability of prices of basic necessities such as electricity, food and clean water.

The mate number 02 also wants this year’ election to be a moment for Indonesia’s economic referendum by encouraging the productivity of the national economic strategic sectors by standing on the philosophy of hard work, smart work, complete work and sincere work.

“The economy that is growing now has not been felt by the community because employment has not been created evenly. We feel that the economy must grow by providing opportunities to open jobs and ensure prices of basic commodities are affordable so that the burden of living is reduced,” Uno said, adding his running mate statement.

The vice president candidate sees, with the concept of good entrepreneurship, there will be opportunities for job creation of up to 15 million peoples. With the OK OCE program and the Ready for Work House, he is confident that he will create 2-4 million new entrepreneurs in a year.

With that, there is also an opportunity for women’s participation in the nation’s economic activities. The facts show that two-thirds of the family economy is supported by the activities of women who start businesses both at home and also in small and medium businesses.

The government, he continued, can provide access to capital and convenience for the business licensing process and create legal products that protect the interests of women.

“We see women in the OK OCE movement because they are the backbone of the family. The key is that we will empower and facilitate access to markets for women’s businesses,” said Uno.

Moreover, Subianto-Uno will provide a continuous program called Seven Steps Pas. First is registering and identifying the businesses of women; second, providing tiered training to have basic knowledge; third, procurement of mentors; fourth, assisting the licensing process; fifth, marketing and packaging; the six financial administration management; and finally is access to the capital.

During the New Order, Subianto noted, Indonesia had recorded a tax ratio of 16 percent, but now it had fallen sharply to 10 percent. It means Indonesia is losing around $60 billion every year.

“By using computerization, it will create a transparent government and thus our tax ratio will quickly rise to 19 percent like Thailand,” Subianto said.

Furthermore, they will separate the State Revenue Agency from the Ministry of Finance to improve compliance or the level of tax compliance and ensure that the tax ratio will increase for zakat through the use of digital technology.

In addition, the couple of religious groups will boost the tax ratio by cutting the tax on individual workers by raising Non-Taxable Income. Similarly, corporate tax will be reduced so that Indonesia can compete with other countries in attracting investment.

In relation to halal products, Uno said that in the Global Islamic Economic Index, Indonesia is ranked tenth, even though as a country with the largest Muslim seat it should be able to provide a better ranking.

Strangely, in the order of countries with the largest import of halal products, Indonesia ranks fourth in number. Therefore, in the future Indonesia must become a country that produces halal goods, especially having the largest potential of Islamic population in the world.

With good entrepreneurship and financing, it will be able to create a halal industry not only certification or labeling or standards, but more than that, it must be able to create products and open employment opportunities to the broadest possible community.

“I believe that halal tourism, whose current potential is around Rp3300 trillion. For 2030, Indonesia has the opportunity to become a supplier of halal products to the world’s sharia economic needs,” said Uno.

Subianto added, one of the enormous economic potentials is finance which is savings from prospective pilgrims. With that, they want to form a hajj tube bank that is managed in a modern way to create efficient, transparent and truly beneficial Islamic finance for the peoples.

Furthermore, they felt uneasy with the government’s efforts to make state-owned holding increasingly intense lately. On the one hand, holding is very strategic for state companies to support state construction, energy and agricultural projects. But on the other side, it makes the company’s financial condition shaky, as experienced by PT Garuda Indonesia, which has suffered losses in the past few years.

If seen on April 17 this week, they are committed to finding a strategy together with their economic team and experts who have been on their back so far.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: daniel@theinsiderstories.com