Bogor, West Java (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia had adopted the decentralization or regional autonomy concept in order to optimize development in each and every region as mandated by the reform movement.
"But although we have adopted decentralization, we remain a unitary state and the President is the head of the government," Yudhoyono said when opening the 3rd National Working Meeting at the Bogor Palace on Thursday.
The Bogor meeting is to run from August 5 to 6, 2010. The first meeting was held at the Cipanas Palace (West Java) and Tampaksiring Palace (Bali).
The Cipanas meeting produced Presidential Instruction No.1/2010 on the Acceleration of the 2010 National Development Priorities while the Tampaksiring meeting dwelt on economic matters.
President Yudhoyono asked all regional leaders to better comprehend the unitary state concept in order to avoid mistakes in implementing regional autonomy.
Regional autonomy had produced concrete results but had also had a number of negative impacts, he said.
In a unitary state, all regions, including the autonomous ones, are united under the central government which runs the administration, he said.
He reminded regional leaders not to make mistakes in preparing their regional budgets, and not to abuse the decentralization system in the other fields such as political, legal, security, and people`s welfare.
The National Working Meeting is a forum for regional leaders to gain better knowledge of central government policies, especially for the drafting of regional budgets. (*)