Fri, 22 May 2009
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) asked businessmen to be patient in facing the problems posed by the country`s bureaucracy which had yet to support the business world, saying it still needed to be reformed.

"Structural and cultural problems relating to the bureaucracy must be overcome. But reforming the bureaucracy is a crucial agenda that should run continuously. If the bureaucracy has become accountable, responsive and clean, the business world will have smooth sailing. I hope our businessmen will be patient," the president said in a dialogue with members of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) here on Wednesday.

He said one of the bureaucratic problems that also needed to be solved was the fact that since the decentralized system of government was adopted regional government regulations often run counter to the law and other national regulations.

"Many regional regulations are no longer in line with central government regulations and the regions are not yet prepared to apply the central government regulations and practically depend on the central government," he said.

Touching on the number of civil servants, the president said that it should be adjusted to the government`s ability to pay their salaries and to the real need for public services.

"The number should be taken into account, as this is not a problem of how to reduce. But more important is to make them function in r the interest of the community," he said.

So far, according to the president, bureaucratic reforms had shown positive results as shown by the increasing number of business enterprises that obtained permits to operate in the country.

"A survey on perceptions relating to business facilities in 2004, ranked Indonesia in 145th place. But in 2009 Indonesia rose to 129th place. We have to continue our efforts to improve conditions in this regard," he said.

The president said Indonesia often fell the brunt of negative perception amidst strong effort from the government to reform the bureaucracy in order to create positive perceptions. (*)



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