JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo invites the whole the nation to make the pandemic as an opportunity and momentum for a national awakening to make a big leap. He also urged the society to take advantage from the virus disaster to bring the country become a develop country.
“Pandemic is an opportunity and momentum for Indonesia. Like computers in all countries are hanging and have to restart and reboot or reset the system. We use this pandemic as a momentum for national awakening and make a big leap at the age of 75 years because we’ve become the upper middle country. And in 2045 Indonesia we hope will become a developed country,” he told members of parliament on Thursday (08/14).
He said, as many as 215 countries, with no exception, are currently facing these hard times due to the COVID-19. According to the Wolrd Health Organization, as of August 13, there have been more than 20 million cases worldwide with the total number of deaths reaching 737,000 lives.
“All countries, be it underdeveloped countries, developing countries, or developed countries have been experiencing setbacks due to COVID-19. The ongoing economic crisis is also the worst in history,” he asserted.
The head of state reported, in the first quarter of 2020, Indonesian economy grew by 2.97 percent but in the second quarter, the growth contracted by 5.32 percent. Economies of developed countries even reported a negative growth, even reaching more than minus ten to minus 17 percent. The setbacks experienced by several developed countries can serve as a momentum to catch up.
“This is the time for us to fundamentally renew ourselves, to make a major transformation, to implement grand strategies in the fields of economy, law, governance, social, culture, health and education. We must turn this crisis into an opportunity to make big leaps,” says Widodo.
He continued, the government must quickly change programs, adjust working programs with the current situation and must carry out budget reallocation in a short time. The crisis, said president, has forced the nation to change the way of work from standard ways to outstanding ways, from ordinary ways to extraordinary ways, from a long and complicated procedure to a smart shortcut, and from being procedure-oriented to being result-oriented.
“We have to change our mindset and work ethic. Flexibility, speed and accuracy are imperative. Efficiency, collaboration, and the adoption of technology must be prioritized. We must improve our national self-discipline and national productivity. We must take lessons from this crisis. We must not let the crisis bring about setbacks. In fact, we must capitalize on the crisis as a momentum to make a big leap,” Widodo stated.
He concluded, “There are still many big steps that we must take. There are still 25 years left for us to usher in the centenary of the independence day of Indonesia, to build Indonesia that we aspire to be. Our current goal is not only to escape the pandemic and to get through the crisis.”
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