Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono announced on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 in Jakarta that the Indonesian government will focus on five priority development sectors in the 2017 State Budget Draft: infrastructure, food and energy, education, health and social protection. The government has allocated IDR 2,1 trillion (USD 159,2 billion) to finance developments in these five areas.
According to Basuki, the government’s infrastructure plans include the construction of 815 kilometers of roads, 9,9399 meters of bridges, 550 kilometers of railroads, 14 new airports and facilities in 55 sea ports.
Increasing by 5 tons compared to the target set in the Revised 2016 State Budget, the government has set a target to produce 77 million tons of rice for 2017. Bambang Prodjonegoro, Indonesia’s National Development Planning Minister explained that the target will be realized by improving irrigation systems, providing fertilizer subsidies and expanding paddy fields by 144,613 hectares.
The government already has initiated gas network developments for 64,200 households in the energy sector. In the 2017 State Budget plan, it adds the target to build 128 units of renewable energy power plants and reach an electrification ratio of 92,75 percent.
In order to develop the education sector, the state plans 360,500 scholarships for university students, school operational assistances for 8,5 million students, operational assistances for 107 state universities, Indonesia smart cards for 19,5 million students and certification bonuses for 101,100 teachers and 10,200 professors.
For the health sector the government has initiated four priority programs: a basic immunization fund for 92 percent of children under the age of one year, a health insurance for 94,4 million people, accreditations for health community centers in 700 districts and the recruitment of 6,97 million people to join the family planning program.
To further improve the social protection sector, the government will provide several programs. Besides others a conditional cash assistance for 6 million target households and food subsidies to 14,3 million households are planned.