JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia has prepared for an expansive fiscal policy in 2022 to spur the social-economic recovery and improve the quality of the state budget by strengthening structural reforms.
“The government has set six main focuses on the 2022 State Budget draft bill (RAPBN 2022),” said the President in his annual state of the nation speech on Monday, August 16 at the parliament complex in Jakarta.
Jokowi, as the president is popularly known, said first and foremost Indonesia aims to continue the efforts to control Covid-19 while still prioritizing the health sector.
The government will also focus on maintaining the sustainability of social protection programs for the poor and vulnerable groups in the country.
Jokowi went on to add that the government will strengthen the agenda for improving the people to produce excellent, integrity, and competitive human resources.
Furthermore, infrastructure development programs, improving technology adaptability, and strengthening fiscal decentralization to increase equal opportunity for welfare in all regions remain to be done.
“The government will continue to conduct budgeting reforms by implementing zero-based budgeting to push more efficient spending, strengthening the central and regional synergies, focusing on priority and results-based programs, as well as anticipating the uncertainties,” said Jokowi who was dressed in Indonesia's Baduy people traditional outfit.
The government has proposed a total of 2,708.7 trillion rupiahs ($188.3 billion) in the state budget plan for the 2022 fiscal year. This comprises the central government spending at 1,938.3 trillion rupiahs ($134.7 billion), while regional governments spending and village funds stand at 770.4 trillion rupiahs ($53.5 billion).
For the health sector, the government has allocated 255.3 trillion rupiahs ($17.7 billion) or 9.4 percent of the state budget plan. The budget aims to finance the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, reform the healthcare system, accelerate reductions in child stunting, and continue the National Health Insurance (JKN) program.