Indonesian President Joko Widodo had signed the Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 4/2020 on Activity Refocusing, Budget Reallocation, and Service and Goods Procurement for Covid-19 Handling Acceleration.
On official website of Financial Ministry, the Presidential Instruction asked ministries and state institutions to prioritize available budget allocation to accelerate Covid-19 handling according to the protocol.
Indonesian government on March 11 2020 had mentioned about activity refocusing, budget reallocation, and service and goods procurement as measure for Covid-19 handling acceleration.
After the President ratified the Presidential Instruction, the ministries, state institutions, and regional government were asked to immediately revise their budget and then submit it to Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani Indrawati.
The Presidential Instruction regulates the ministries and institutions to accelerate activity refocusing, budget reallocation, and service and goods procurement for Covid-19 handling acceleration by expanding and opening access according to Disaster Mitigation Law and its regulations.
Previously, Minister Sri Mulyani stated that her side had identified ministry and institution budget in the State Budget 2020 amounting to 62.3 trillion rupiahs that can be reallocated for Covid-19 spread handling fund.
Reallocation will be used to procure health equipment such as test kit, hospital equipment, Wisma Atlet preparation, and Covid-19 hospital development in Galang Island, Riau Islands.
Minister Sri Mulyani also explained, the budget reallocation can be done directly. She exemplified, it took less than two days for Health Ministry to revise their budget for import of test kit, protective equipment, and ventilator.