GRINTING, Indonesia, April 14 Two months ago,
Indonesian farmer Tama harvested several tonnes of shallots from
a small plot of land he had rented in the village of Grinting in
GRINTING, Indonesia Two months ago, Indonesian farmer Tama harvested several tonnes of shallots from a small plot of land he had rented in the village of Grinting in central Java.
By Gayatri Suroyo
April 9 Indonesian President Joko Widodo is running for re-election against former military general Prabowo
Subianto on April 17. Most opinion polls give the incumbent a double-digit lead over his rival.
For details on the election click on https://tmsnrt.rs/2V4DCqq, and a scorecard on Widodo's first term is available here
Below are some of the key promises made during the six-month campaign:
Theme Joko Widodo Prabowo Subianto
Economic growth To focus on developing human capital and skills To boost economy by slashing tax rates by up to
training in second term. Has not given a target 8 percentage points, and focus infrastructure
for economic growth. spending on the most important projects. Has
not given a target for economic growth.
Resource nationalism No change in nationalistic resource policy. Accuses the government of allowing a "leakage
During his term, Indonesia took control of in our natural resources" and says more raw
Freeport McMoRan's local unit operating the materials should be processed onshore, which is
giant Grasberg copper mine, and handed expiring already done with nickel, copper and other
energy contracts held by foreign companies to minerals. His manifesto also calls on
state oil firm Pertamina. companies to repatriate export earnings.
Legislation and law To set up a new government agency to ensure all To establish a new government agency to
enforcement national and local laws are aligned and synchronize laws at the national and local
Subsidies Provide new smart cards for the poor to get To cut gasoline and electricity prices for
basic needs, funding for higher education and consumers, though unclear if that means
job training, including a right to unemployment reintroducing fuel subsidies or spending more
benefits for up to a year. on power subsidies.
Industrial policy Implement "Industry 4.0" roadmap for tech Build up strategic industries and promote
upgrades in manufacturing. Prioritise other efforts to industrialise the economy, from
growth sectors such as automobiles and food and high-tech products to agriculture.
Energy policy Increase the use of biofuel made from palm oil Develop palm- and ethanol-based fuels to reduce
to lift energy self-sufficiency. energy imports.
Labour policy No plans to open up a highly protected labour To raise minimum wages, stop outsourcing and
market, which companies say has hurt efforts to require foreign workers to speak Indonesian.
boost manufacturing. His running mate promised to reduce
unemployment rolls by 2 million people, but did
not say how.
Education To invest more in vocational education and To boost support for vocational education and
follow Germany's twin-track system which raise teachers' salaries.
includes on-the-job learning.
Healthcare Basic infrastructure improvements to underpin To fix deficit at government health insurer
public health, and extend healthcare coverage to during first 200 days in office, and encourage
all Indonesians. About 95 percent have some Indonesians to exercise 22 minutes a day to
coverage now. prevent illness.
Poverty alleviation To increase fiscal transfers to communities To transfer 1 billion rupiah ($70,600) to every
under the Village Funds programme. Widodo says village in Indonesia. Prabowo accuses Widodo of
it has helped reduce rural poverty, but hundreds using the Village Funds to win votes, a charge
of village officials have been arrested for the president denies.
Women in workplace To make daycare more accessible and enable more Has promised a programme to support working
women to enter the workforce. mothers, but provided no details.
Childhood stunting To develop an action plan to eliminate child To distribute milk or milk tablets, and
stunting, or impaired development, through mungbean soup in schools to improve nutrient
better nutrition, sanitation and parenting. intake and avoid stunting.
($1 = 14,165.0000 rupiah)
(Reporting by Gayatri Suroyo
Editing by Ed Davies and Darren Schuettler)
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