11December2017

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A JUST AND EVENLY DISTRIBUTED DEVELOPMENT

Indonesia is a country with a large area, more than 1 million 904 thousand square kilometers. With such conditions, Indonesia should be able to implement equitable development so that there will be no gap among the regions. But it has to be admitted that the equal development has not been materialized. Development seems to have been concentrated on Java Island alone.

The gap issue is a major challenge for Indonesia and needs attention, if Indonesia does not want to remain a developing country. In addition, the uneven development also has an impact on the movement of the economy, income and health services in the area. An Economist, Mari Elka Pangestu has said, to reduce inequality, among other keys is through infrastructure development.

This is being intensively carried out by the administration of President Joko Widodo. Infrastructure development is not only done in Java, but also in other regions, especially in Eastern Indonesia. In this way, it is expected that the economic and justice equality for all people of Indonesia can be improved.

In his speech at the Financial Close of Non-Government Budget Finance Investment Project (PINA) of 2017 at the State Palace, Jakarta, Friday (02/17/2017), President Joko Widodo said infrastructure development also opens up a lot of jobs and opportunities and grows small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the regions. According to the President, during 2014-2019 periods the government will concentrate on infrastructure development such as highways, airports, and ports. The policy is adopted to make Indonesia equal with other countries.

In his early year of his office, President Joko Widodo has a commitment to develop infrastructure in all regions of Indonesia. Some infrastructures have been built and continue to be developed to boost the economic growth. The government has accelerated the construction of national roads, highways and bridges. Moreover, in contrast to the previous administration, in the administration of Joko Widodo, the train is not only available on the island of Java and Sumatra. The railway network has also been built in Kalimantan and Sulawesi in addition to improving the existing rail ways in Sumatra. In 2015, the government has built more than 179 kilometer long rail line. In addition, the government is developing a train for urban transport, such as the Mass Rapid Transit -MRT, Light Rail Train (LRT) and commuter train lines.

Joko Widodo government's commitment to promote infrastructure development outside Java deserves support. Equitable growth can unite Indonesian people who live in thousands of islands from Sabang in northern tip of Sumatra to Merauke in Papua.

Hopefully, in the future, the equitable infrastructure development will also be able to reduce transportation costs so that commodity prices in the regions will be more affordable and there will be no longer gap between the price of commodity in Java and other islands.

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