RANCAH POST – Wakil Presiden Boediono membacakan pidato di ajang ‘Indonesia Investment Summit 2013’ yang digelar di Jakarta, Kamis (7/11).
Wakil Presiden Boediono diminta untuk membuka acara yang disponsori oleh Badan Koordinator Penanaman Modal (BKPM) seperti tahun 2012 lalu.
Sayangnya, pidato Boediono tahun ini tidak jauh berbeda dibandingkan pidatonya tahun lalu. Isu besar yang dipaparkan Boediono nyaris sama dengan yang ia paparkan pada pembukaan Indonesia Investment Summit 2012. Berikut isi lengkap pidato yang di copy-paste oleh orang nomor dua Indonesia itu.
Jakarta, 7 November 2013
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatulllahi wabarakatuh
It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to Jakarta. I would like to congratulate BKPM – the Investment Coordinating Board – and the Financial Times for organizing this very important gathering.
As was the case last year, the main purpose of this one-day gathering is to share among the participants the most accurate, up-to-date and first-hand information about this country. There is a lineup of distinguished speakers and resource persons from both the government and the private sectors who will be excellent sources of such information. I also hope that in this conference you can network with parties relevant for your business here.
The more useful things to do for me in this short opening remark session is to repeat some of what I said last year and stress a number of points that might help your assessment of the potentials and prospects of this country.
First, we went through the 2008 global crisis basically unscathed. Yes, there was some dent in our growth but it then quickly recovered.
Until last year we had been able to maintain our growth at 6+ % while this year we will have to accept lower growth due to the rather depressed state of some of our main exports with some prospective recovery next year.
Throughout the period, however, we are confident that the trends of steady decline in unemployment, poverty rates and our indebtedness to continue. We will not change our commitment to prudent fiscal and monetary policies to securely maintain overall financial and economic stability.
But Indonesia is prospective for some other important reasons. We are blessed with vast and varied natural resources. Our domestic markets are large and growing fairly fast, thanks to the blossoming of our middle class and consuming groups.
The age structure of our population is young, opening the significant potential for reaping demographic dividends in the years to come.
I must add one more reason why you ought to seriously consider Indonesia as your investment destination, and it has an important long run implication, namely political stability.
Despite many initial hurdles, our Reformasi has succeeded in placing our democracy on the right track. Our robust democracy has underpinned the generally peaceful implementation of so many elections and the smooth process of changes in governments, both at the national and regional levels.
I believe it is because our democracy works that many corrupt practices recently uncovered and prosecuted.
But I readily admit that we have outstanding problems, and some of them need urgent solutions. The most glaring one is deficiency in infrastructures.
We honestly admit that, for a number of reasons, we are behind in infrastructure development, in virtually all sorts of infrastructure. But in the past few years we have been working hard to do the catching up. In the next two years, a number of important projects such as ports, airports, roads, railways, power, urban facilities, renewable energies and gas infrastructures will be completed and ready for operation. Many more projects are being prepared. We cordially invite and welcome your participation.
The second group of problems relate to regulations and legal certainty.
I am fully aware that there are still complaints among business community here about these issues. I hope in some of the sessions you get a brief on the progress in this area. I can only assure you that the government is fully committed to continue improving the business and investment environment in this country.
Let me close my remark with some comments on the issue of human resources. First, lately there has been increasing activity of workers to demand better pay and work conditions. I think peaceful demonstrations and even strikes must be accepted as part of our democracy at work.
However, it is in the best interest of all of us, to amicably agree on a more permanent formula that fairly accommodate the interests of the nation, the workers and the business. It is also in the interest of all of us not to let excesses – in the form of intimidations, unlawful tactics and disruptive behaviors – to occur and that the rule of laws be duely upheld.
Another issue related to human resources is training. The government is fully aware that shortage of labor with appropriate skills will become a serious bottleneck in the years to come, if we do not do something now.
The government very much welcome suggestions from the business community on how to jointly anticipate this problem.
Finally with our praise to God Almighty, Bismillahirrahmanirrahim, I declare the Indonesia Investment Summit 2013 officially open.
I wish you have fruitful discussions.
Wasalamu’alaikum Warrahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Vice President Of The Republic Of Indonesia
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