SBY hails ‘success’ of first 100 days, with just 2 programs falling short

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February 03, 2010

Camelia Pasandaran

SBY Hails ‘Success’ of First 100 Days, With Just 2 Programs Falling Short

Cipanas, West Java. The only sore points in the government’s otherwise successful 100-day program were plans to develop the country’s first integrated food production zone and bring about improvements in teaching skills, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Wednesday.

“From the monitoring, reporting and verification of all the programs and action plan that have been reported to me, more than 90 percent of the 100-day programs have been reached,” Yudhoyono said at an evening news conference at the end of a two-day, closed-door cabinet meeting in Cipanas, West Java.

Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, head of the Presidential Working Unit for Development Supervision and Control (UKP4), which is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the 100-day program, said that one action plan each for the Agriculture Ministry and the National Education Ministry, were the only ones to fall short out of a total of 129 programs.

“The programs are the Merauke Food Estate, which has not been started, and the program to train 30,000 teachers to increase their skills,” Kuntoro said.

On Jan. 17, Agriculture Minister Suswono said his ministry was ready to move ahead with the Merauke project, a 1.6 million hectare integrated food production zone in Papua, which is designed to bring in millions of dollars of foreign investment and beef up the country’s food security.

However, Kuntoro said the project was being held up by infrastructure problems, including the port and the road needed to access the food estate.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Bayu Krishnamurti was quoted on Wednesday by state news agency Antara as saying that weather issues were behind the delay and that the president was scheduled to inaugurate the food estate on Feb. 12-13.

As for the Education Ministry, Kuntoro said it had promised to catch up with skill improvement programs for 2,232 teachers to be able to meet the targeted 30,000 teachers by the end of this week.

The government’s 100-day program contained 15 priorities with 45 programs and 129 action plans, comprising three categories: de-bottlenecking programs, quick wins and fundamental regulations.

Among the successes hailed by the president were the formation of the Judicial Mafia Eradication Task Force, cutting passport issuance time from seven to four days and reducing the time for the issuance of business licenses from 60 days to 17 days.

He also mentioned successful infrastructure development programs, such as the East Flood Canal, better drinking water systems in many villages, Internet connections in many schools, affordable health care and a dedicated team to handle disasters.

But despite the claims of success, Kuntoro said there was still much work to do on many of the programs that have apparently been ticked off the government’s to-do list.

“Don’t think the green-mark programs have been finished, as it is claimed from [the government] side only,” he said, adding that he will continue monitoring the progress of the programs.

Yudhoyono also identified six focus areas for the cabinet in the next three months: land zoning and permit issuance; food distribution and price stability; energy issues, especially electricity; infrastructure, public works and transportation; pro-people programs; and law enforcement and reform of the bureaucracy, defense and the security sector.

The cabinet will hold another evaluation meeting in three months, Yudhoyono said.

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Jakarta Globe | February 03, 2010 | excerpt only

Camelia Pasandaran

Cipanas, West Java. The only sore points in the government’s otherwise successful 100-day program were plans to develop the country’s first integrated food production zone and bring about improvements in teaching skills, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Wednesday.

“From the monitoring, reporting and verification of all the programs and action plan that have been reported to me, more than 90 percent of the 100-day programs have been reached,” Yudhoyono said at an evening news conference at the end of a two-day, closed-door cabinet meeting in Cipanas, West Java.

Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, head of the Presidential Working Unit for Development Supervision and Control (UKP4), which is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the 100-day program, said that one action plan each for the Agriculture Ministry and the National Education Ministry, were the only ones to fall short out of a total of 129 programs.

“The programs are the Merauke Food Estate, which has not been started, and the program to train 30,000 teachers to increase their skills,” Kuntoro said.

On Jan. 17, Agriculture Minister Suswono said his ministry was ready to move ahead with the Merauke project, a 1.6 million hectare integrated food production zone in Papua, which is designed to bring in millions of dollars of foreign investment and beef up the country’s food security.

However, Kuntoro said the project was being held up by infrastructure problems, including the port and the road needed to access the food estate.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Bayu Krishnamurti was quoted on Wednesday by state news agency Antara as saying that weather issues were behind the delay and that the president was scheduled to inaugurate the food estate on Feb. 12-13.
Original source: Jakarta Globe
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