Sun, 27 Dec 2009
Banda Aceh (ANTARA News) - Vice President Boediono said the government would only be able to set aside 15 percent of the regional and national budgets for supporting investment to achieve seven percent growth.

"We need seven percent growth a year but the government could maximally provide 15 to 18 percent of the regional and national budgets for investment," he said at a meeting with Aceh regional government officials here on Saturday.

He said around Rp2,000 trillion of investment was needed in the 2009 to 2014 period.
"As the government will only be able to provide a small part of it, the rest should be acquired from outside the regional and national budgets from home and abroad," he said.

He said to achieve high growth and investment local and central governments must keep improving technical and non-technical infrastructure.

He sid the government had to continue improving roads, bridges and air transportation facilities.

He also said if the price of cement in Jakarta is only Rp70,000 per bag in Papua it could reach Rp1.4 million.

"The price is illogical. How could the people in Papua conduct development if the price of cement is more than Rp1 million per bag," he said.

Meanwhile he said there were still many by-laws which ran against the higher laws.
"That is why home affairs minister Gamawan Fauzi is now still busy scrutinizing wrong by-laws although many of them have been revoked," he said.

Regarding development in the region after tsunami disaster in 2004, Boediono called on the people and government officials in the region to safeguard various development programs currently underway in the region.

"We must safeguard the development projects in Aceh so that the people in Aceh will be more prosperous and welfare," he said.

Vice President Boediono came to Aceh for the commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami.(*)



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