JAKARTA – Minister for the Coordination of Political, Legal and Security Affairs (Menko Polhukam) Mahfud MD said President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had given instructions for the State Border Post (PLBN) to be used as a new point for Indonesia’s economic growth. Do not let the PLBN serve only as a place of administrative or political management.
This, he continued, was mentioned by President Jokowi several years ago, during the inauguration of PLBN Aruk at Sambas Regency. March 17, 2017 to be precise.
“At the inauguration of PLBN Aruk in Sambas regency, he said that the function of the activities of the cross-border post was not only for administrative, bureaucratic and political management, but was opened to be used as a new point of economic growth, ”Mahfud said in the National Forum webinar. Thematic management of Bakohumas borders via a virtual connection, Thursday (17/9/2020).
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In addition, Mahfud said, President Jokowi reiterated this at a cabinet meeting on May 13, 2020. Three PLBNs were requested by Jokowi as the center of economic growth, namely PLBN Aruk, PLBN Skouw and PLBN Skouw.
“This was underlined again by the President on May 13, 2020, not long ago. He reminded us all to step up and make Aruk, Motaain and Skouw centers of economic growth in the areas borders, ”he said.
In addition, Mahfud said, the president asked PLBN to increase foreign trade, especially exports. Mahfud said that the economic development policies in the three PLBN zones, the president’s orders must be kept and harmonized in the programs of each ministry or institution.
“A few days ago the President reminded him again at the meeting. He said that MSMEs at the border of the three places or their economic life due to Covid-19 were not working as expected,” a- he declared.
Although this did not go as planned due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mahfud said, the president still asked his staff to take strategic action. The objective is to move the economic wheels at the border.
“But specifically this time, the president paid attention to take immediate action to take advantage of the facilities available while remaining within the framework of protecting our territorial sovereignty, maintaining ideology and building the welfare of the people. people, ”Mahfud said.
Mahfud explained, there are at least three main issues related to the territory. First, to safeguard the sovereignty of terrorism itself as sovereign. “This means that not even an inch of land in this part of the Republic of Indonesia should be lost or illegally occupied or taken in a way that is not worthy by another nation,” he said. .
The second main issue, Mahfud said, was maintaining the integrity of Indonesian ideology or the state base, namely Pancasila, even though it was located in a border area. Then, the third, in a more specific context, is to strengthen the well-being of border communities.