Jokowi Opens Up Why He Is Hard to Build Infrastructure in Indonesia

The government in the era of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) continues to encourage domestic infrastructure development. Jokowi emphasized that the decision was one of the efforts to increase competitiveness with other countries. Jokowi explained that infrastructure is the most important fundamental foundation to make this happen.
“Without it (infrastructure), we shouldn’t dream of competing with other countries. So, why do we build roads, build ports, build dams massively, because in the future we will compete with other countries,” he said. Jokowi in his speech at Balai Sarbini Jakarta, Tuesday (11/10/2022).
Jokowi said that in the next 5-10 years, the benefits of the development carried out from today will be seen. Although in the beginning there was a bit of sacrifice required. “This is a fundamental thing, although it may hurt at first, but in the next 5-10 years the benefits will be seen from the development that we are doing today,” he said.
Furthermore, Jokowi also discussed the issue of downstream industrialization which is no less important. According to him, the export of goods which are dominated in raw form makes Indonesia lose the opportunity to obtain additional value.
“We have been independent for 77 years, we always export raw materials. We export raw nickel, we export raw copper, we export oil in unprocessed raw form. We export tin, we export CPO palm, but not in semi-products. finished goods or finished goods,” said Jokowi.
Therefore, he said the Indonesian government would gradually stop exports of raw materials. Like the stop nickel exports that have been carried out since 3 years ago.

October 11, 2022, detikFinance