REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Indonesian lawmaker Dadang S Muchtar has expressed his support to the government's policy on deregulation in the regions to improve the investment climate.
"Mr Jokowi's directives are appropriate. The home affairs minister needs to identify regional regulations that may hamper investment in the regions," Muchtar, a member of the Commission II of the House of Representatives (DPR), said here on Saturday.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) recently instructed the home affairs minister to revoke some three thousand regional regulations by July 2016 at the latest.
Responding to the instruction, Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has set a target of removing some one thousand troublesome regulations every month.
In the meantime, President Jokowi asked regional governments to follow up and implement various economic policy packages through regional government regulations.
"Regional governments should follow up on these packages and implement them through regional government regulations and bylaws. What must not happen is that regional governments come up with regulations that are in conflict and hamper the implementation of the policy packages," President Jokowi had suggested recently.
The government has issued a series of 12 economic policy packages since last September to boost investment in the country.
Jokowi appreciated the holding of the AITIS in an effort to increase synergy between Jakarta and the regions in this era of competition.
"One of the keys to winning competition is to have synergy between the central government and regional administrations. It is useless for the government to conduct major reforms if there is no such synergy," he observed.
He pointed out that the government was now focusing on two priority areas, namely deregulation and acceleration of infrastructure development.
"We need deregulation because we are a big country but our development is being hampered by our own regulations. There are 42,000 pieces of law, including Government Regulations (PP), Presidential Regulations, Ministerial Regulations and bylaws. With so many regulations, we cannot act fast at a time when global changes take place speedily," he reasoned.