JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - In line with the third point of Nawacita, one of President Joko Widodo's ideals is to build Indonesia from the outermost and periphery areas by strengthening the regions and villages. This is also the focus of the Minister of Village, Disadvantaged Areas, and Transmigration (Mendes PDTT) Eko Putro Sandjojo.
In the opening of Astra's 60 Year Inspiration in Makassar, Eko said Indonesia has become one of the countries with GDP above USS1 trillion this year. This achievement makes Indonesia as the country with the 15th largest economic power in the world.
In fact, many analysts predict that Indonesia can become a country with economic power ranking four to eight in the world by 2030. However, this cannot be achieved if various social problems remain unresolved, because it will be difficult to build a country over existing imbalances.
Eko added that there are still 40 percent of villages in Indonesia that fall into the category of lagging and very lagging in development. Approximately 27 million Indonesians live below the poverty line and 27 percent of children under-five years old are potentially malnourished, affecting not only their physical capacity but also their ability to go to school to more than 6th grade. This means that in the next 40 years, there is still a workforce that is unable to find work because of their limitations.
These are all challenges that the Indonesian government has to face. And according to Eko, Astra concern and participation for 60 years to alleviate poverty in villages and remote areas of Indonesia through CSR program, should be deeply appreciated.
"I also want to invite Astra to not only provide CSR, but may be able to work together to find a business model that can benefit small communities in the villages, so that the village grows and at the same time also encourages Astra to growi," said Eko in a written statement, Sunday (11/19/2017).