President Joko Widodo Reminds Businesses That COVID-19 is Not Yet Over

Wednesday, 08-September-2021 19:00

Indonesian President Joko Widodo
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has received a visit from representatives from the heads of associations in the economic and business segments on Wednesday (09/08/2021) at the State Palace in Jakarta. In front of businessmen, the Head of State conveyed developments related to the handling of COVID-19 in the country, which had improved. However, the President asked businessmen to remain vigilant.

"I am only telling this story to give optimism to you ladies and gentlemen, that our position is like this, but also don't be happy just yet, don't be euphoric. We can keep on working, but don't be too euphoric," President Joko Widodo said at the meeting.

Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, who was also present at the meeting, explained that the President asked economic and business players in the country to help the government remind the public that the COVID-19 pandemic was not yet over.

"The COVID pandemic is not over yet, and we ask all people to remain vigilant, and we ask company leaders, CEOs, associations, and Kadin to also remind them," Airlangga said in a statement after accompanying the President.

According to Airlangga, President Joko Widodo reminded that a country's economic growth depends on the country's handling of COVID-19. Although the handling of COVID-19 in Indonesia has improved, economic and business actors in the country must not be careless, and keep the spreading of COVID-19 under control.

"This must be maintained continuously because economic growth is inversely proportional to the handling of COVID. So if the transmission is high, the economy will be low. On the other hand, if the COVID is low, the economy will improve," he added.

During the meeting, the entrepreneurs conveyed a number of problems faced in economic and business activities. These include the relaxation of bank credit restructuring, increasing logistics costs, as well as fiscal assistance for entrepreneurs engaged in the retail sector, among others.

Airlangga said that the government will review related regulations so that they become more flexible, and hope that entrepreneurs will continue to be enthusiastic about increasing their business activities so that national economic growth can also improve.

"We encourage these entrepreneurs to continue to increase their economic activities so that we can reduce the unemployment rate," said Airlangga.

Also attending to accompany the President at the meeting was the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, while the chairman of the associations present at the meeting included Chairman of Kadin Arsjad Rasjid, Chairman of APPBI Alphonzus Widjaja, and Chairman of Aprindo Roy Mandey. 

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