Speaking at the commemoration of Constitution Day and the 78th Anniversary of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) at the Parliamentary Complex on Friday, President Jokowi underscored the need for Indonesia to have a grand and technical strategy the form of which could be based on the state policy guidelines (PPHN), according to reporting from Antara News.
PPHN are set by the government and are typically outlined in a document that serves as a reference for government policies, legislative initiatives, and development planning. They help provide a unified direction for various government agencies, ministries, and departments to work toward common goals.
The president stated that the nation’s grand vision must have exact standards or measures, and hence, a grand guideline is needed, however he emphasized that the guidelines should not be rigid, as the world is moving at a fast pace, so challenges and opportunities also change dynamically, report Antara News.
“Flexibility is very important. Do not make too many rules or ‘set traps’ that we make ourselves that do not allow us to move. Give freedom to the executive (branch of the government) to be agile in facing change and uncertainty,” he explained.
He affirmed that flexibility in rules and policies should be accompanied by effective supervision so that the nation can move quickly in making the most of opportunities to win global competition.
“(It is) because in this era of competition, we must be better than other countries. We cannot just look at ourselves or feel content. This is dangerous. We have to be able to look right and left,” he stressed.
According to Jokowi, Indonesia must continue to strive to be better than its competitors by formulating adaptive and better policies, report Antara News, adding that the president also noted that PPHN is important in providing guidelines and points of direction for making policies.
“I emphasize that PPHN, like the MPR Speaker said before, gives flexibility to the executive branch, as its content is philosophical rather than detailed,” he remarked.
Source: Antara News
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