As A Directive From President Jokowi, Minister Of Home Affairs Tito Asks Local Governments To Accelerate Realization Of Regional Budget Expenditures
Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian. (ANTARA/HO-Kemendagri)

JAKARTA - Minister of Home Affairs (Mendagri) Tito Karnavian asked local governments to accelerate the realization of expenditures from the 2021 Regional Revenue and Expenditure Budget (APBD). Accelerating the realization of the APBD was one of President Joko Widodo's directives recently.

"The point is to speed up spending in their respective neighborhoods," said the Minister of Home Affairs through his official statement in Jakarta, Antara, Monday, November 22.

According to Tito, the realization of APBD spending plays a role in supporting national economic growth. Because the money spent by the local government will circulate in the community.

In addition, APBD spending can stimulate private parties whose finances are experiencing contraction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The acceleration of spending realization is related to the target of economic growth which is planned to grow by 5 percent by the end of 2021, he said.

To achieve the target, said the Minister of Home Affairs, support from various components is needed, one of which is the regional government, such as through the realization of APBD expenditures.

"Because we know that more than 700 trillion rupiah of budget from the central government is transferred to the regions, and the regions have fiscal space from regional original income and from other sources in accordance with the law," said the Minister of Home Affairs. internal coordination with all regional organizational staff. This step needs to be taken to comb through various programs that can be immediately realized according to the regulations.

A coordination meeting needs to be held by the governor as the representative of the central government in the regions along with regents and mayors in their respective regions. 2021 is 65.12 percent, while the average percentage of district budget expenditure realization is 61.15 percent and the city is 59.08 percent.

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