Home Ministry: ASNs vital to regional budget absorption

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Agus Fatoni
Executive Director-General of Regional Finance of the Home Ministry Agus Fatoni.KEMENDAGRI.GO.ID

IO – Agus Fatoni, Executive Director-General of Regional Finance of the Home Ministry, urges civil servants (ASNs) to step up their roles in expediting the absorption of planned regional spending. Such an effort is necessary to overcome the low regional budget (APBD) absorption phenomenon that persists, year after year.

“ASNs are the actors who manage regional finances. Their roles, duties and functions in regional apparatus must be affirmed so they can actively drive the realization of programs and activities,” said Agus, when speaking at the “ASN Learn” webinar hosted by the Human Resources Development Agency of East Java Province, Monday (1/10/2022).

Agus elaborated the steps for ASN to be more involved in accelerating budget absorption. ASNs need to have a coordinated understanding of the concept of planning and development in their area. This is to ensure that the realization of regional apparatus finances can effectively support regional government performance.

He also encourages ASN to communicate well, both vertically and horizontally, so that the budget realization can be conducted in accordance with laws and regulations.

“Effective financial administration results from meticulous planning and is concluded in capable realization. Thus, what has been planned must have a budget allocation. And what has been allocated must be manifested,” said Agus.

He also urges ASN to speed up the procurement of goods and services by conducting preliminary bidding as mandated in Presidential Regulation No. 12/2021. Thus, goods and services procurement could be conducted in July or August of a previous budget year.

He advises local governments to synergize with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Development and Finance Supervisory Agency (BPKP) to maintain accountability and transparency. Assistance and supervision from the Government Internal Supervisory Apparatus (APIP) are also crucial to promote the effective delivery of government aid.

“Although there are many steps to take in expediting budget realization, those steps must follow regulations,” said Agus. (eka)