President Joko Widodo attended the opening of the 1st National Working Meeting (Rakernas) and the commemoration of the 47th Anniversary of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) in Jakarta, Friday afternoon (10/01). In his remarks, President Joko Widodo said that Indonesia's economy could still survive amid the global economic turmoil. However, the current account deficit continues to be a challenge for the national economy. Thus, he emphasized that the Indonesian government would prioritize economic transformation by reducing raw materials such as crude palm oil and nickel. President Joko Widodo perceived that instead of exporting these two raw materials and selling them cheaply, it is better to process and consume them domestically. This effort will make Indonesia self-reliant in the economic, political and cultural fields.
"The point is what Bung Karno said in his three-concept, Trisakti; we must be independent in the economic field. So, we are not easily pressured by anyone, any country, and we must be politically independent, and politically sovereign. Because, we have everything we can process by ourselves. That's what Bung Karno taught, Trisakti: sovereign in politics, self-reliant in economic and personality in culture," said President Joko Widodo.
The 1st National Working Meeting and the commemoration of the 47th Anniversary of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) entitled 'Solid Moves to Realize an Indonesia National Research and Innovation-Based Industrial Country' with the sub-theme 'Spice Path Strategy in Five National Industrial Priorities to Realize a Self-Reliant Indonesia'. In addition to Chairperson of Megawati Soekarnoputri and a number of PDIP elites, the opening of the Rakernas was also attended by a number of national figures, such as former vice-president, Tri Sutrisno, members of Indonesian Cabinet Onward and leaders of political parties. (VOI/Ndy)