President calls for massive bureaucratic reforms

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President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) warns that the most important thing is to change the orientation from procedure-oriented to result-oriented. (photo: Prive. Doc)

 IO, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has demanded great reforms to the bureaucracy of our State’s ministries and agencies, to be executed simultaneously with extreme streamlining of existing regulations. Other measures include changing manual/ analog work methods into digital, and revising bureaucrats’ mindset from “being served” to “serving. 

“No matter how good the rules are, no matter how good the regulations are, if our bureaucratic orientation remains the same, we will continue to suffer from impediments, bottlenecking slowing us down. Therefore, bureaucratic reforms must be implemented on a massive scale,” he declared in a closed meeting on a Job Opportunity Creation Program in the President’s Office in Jakarta on Monday (11/11/2019). 

Jokowi reminded the audience that there is a plan to cut down the number of echelons in ministries and agencies. He also expects that the review will be effective. “I note that the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms (Pendayagunaan Aparatur Negara dan Reformasi Birokrasi Republik Indonesia – “PAN/ RB”) has also made its preparations. I think the first ones to be trimmed are among the Echelon IV of each ministry, even though we must still thoroughly review each case,” he said. 

However, the President warns that the most important thing is to change the orientation from procedure-oriented to result-oriented. “We don’t want to dawdle in the procedures but fail to reach the goal, fail to get results. Once again, we need to change our orientation from procedure-oriented to results-oriented,” he said. 

President Jokowi earlier stated that in order to improve the ecosystem of regulations so that it supports the creation of job opportunities, all ministries must identify all ministerial regulations that are impediments to the achievement of this target. “All obstructions should be cut down immediately, or at least submitted to the President in order to get them removed,” he stated. 

The President finally stated that regulatory mandates will be collected into an Omnibus Draft Law, which he will discuss with the DPR. “I need to inform you that nowadays, in America, if a minister wants to issue one ministerial regulation, they must revoke two. We should be able to do that as well here – we should make ministers revoke 40 regulations whenever they issue one, because we have so many ministerial regulations here – too many. Please try and review things again: how many ministerial regulations that we need to revoke every time we issue a new one. Like I said, in America they revoke two laws whenever they issue a new one,” he said. (des)