President Joko Widodo said the Indonesian government is determined to catching up with infrastructure development. This effort, according to the President, is often constrained by land acquisition issues that often hamper government-run development projects.
Therefore, the President hopes that the land acquisition measures are implemented so as not to hinder the government's development program. Moreover, according to the President, currently the legal umbrella has been available to support the development efforts that are currently being promoted.
“Related to national strategic project support especially infrastructure, we are concentrated, we want to catch up in the construction of toll road, Special Economic Zone (KEK), power plant. This infrastructure is carried out to lower logistics costs. It is impossible to compete with other countries if our infrastructure is still like this. Complaints from investors, our SOEs who have the duty from the government in the land acquisition. I think the legal umbrella already exists. We only need to speed up by cooperating with related agencies such as the National Land Agency, regional government and others,” the President said.
Furthermore, in his remarks at the opening of the National Working Meeting of the Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/the National Land Agency, on Wednesday in Jakarta, the President also said that the relevant ministries should pay attention to the land disputes that are still found in some areas in Indonesia.
Related to that, the President has asked the Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Planning to pay attention to the certificate of land that has been distributed. He hopes that there will be no overlapping certificate that will trigger the dispute, including on the customary land. (Ndy/ahm)