Minister of Industry Builds Hope

    Ilham wibowo, Christopher Harindra - 14 Oktober 2019 13:32 WIB
    Minister of Industry Builds Hope
    Minister of Industry (Menperin) Airlangga Hartarto. Photo: Wibowo
    Jakarta: Minister of Industry (Menperin) Airlangga Hartarto recorded the journey of industrial development of Indonesia through a book entitled Building Hope, Building an Industry Towards a Prosperous and Sustainable Indonesia (Merajut Asa, Membangun Industri Menuju Indonesia yang Sejahtera dan Berkelanjutan). The book is a summary of Airlangga's thoughts, especially related to the industrial sector.
    The 183-page book is a rewrite of Airlangga's lecture material and presentations from various forums. Important notes during the conference, discussions, and debates during his reign as Commission Chair of the Indonesian House of Representatives, from 2004 to 2007.

    "I wrote the book before 2016 if the book seems a little aggravated its because I was outside the Government. We understand that the book was written as a contribution and a step towards realizing a prosperous and sustainable Indonesia," Airlangga said at the Ministry of Industry, Jakarta, Monday, October 14, 2019.

    Not only as chairman of the commission, but Airlangga also played an active role as Chair of the Special Committee discussing several laws in the Indonesian Parliament during that period.

    Some of these include the Industrial Law, the Trade Law, the Cooperative Act, the Micro Finance Institution Act, the Electricity Act, the Ratification of the Stockholm Law on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the Environmental Protection and Management Act, the Amendment to the Futures Exchange Act, and the Amendment to the Warehouse Receipt Act.
    Airlangga is also actively involved as a Special Committee Member for drafting several laws including the General Provisions Law, tax Procedures as well as a working committee member for the Minerba Act, the Energy Act, and the Income Tax Act.
    "As a reflection of policy, I created this book trying to explain the best practice of industrial policy in several countries. However, it is structured in such a way that it is a know-how process that can be presented simply and using popular language," he said.
    The book is arguably a kind of memento summarising anxiety, disappointment and the spirit of Airlangga's optimism towards the process of industrialisation in Indonesia. Airlangga also displays constructive criticism for development in the industrial sector to create a just and prosperous nation.
    "Therefore, when I was given the mandate as Minister of Industry, I tried to understand the directives of the President which were then outlined in policies that were encouraged by the Ministry of Industry. Thank god slowly some policies aimed at developing national industries could be implemented," he said.
    Airlangga hopes that the ideas offered through his book can provide benefits as well as a reference to discussions and debates on strategies. Such as what must be accomplished so that industrialisation in Indonesia can be faster, more effective and more inclusive.
    "We understand that the industrial sector is demanded to be the main force behind national economic growth because the industrial sector plays an important role in creating added value, foreign exchange earnings, and employment which ultimately increases community welfare," Airlangga said.


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