Wednesday, 22 May 2019 | 06:04 WIB

Village Minister: World Bank to Replicate Village Development Model in Indonesia

Indonesia Minister of Village Development Eko Putro Sandjojo (tabloiddesa)

JAKARTA, NNC - Indonesia Minister of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo revealed that the rural development model carried out in Indonesia would be replicated by the World Bank to be implemented in other developing countries in the world.

"The development of rural areas in Indonesia has become the world's attention in the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting in Bali, even the World Bank will apply a number of models of rural development in Indonesia to other developing countries in the world," Eko said on Wednesday (10/17/2018).

Eko said in a period of four years, Indonesia had succeeded in building various basic infrastructure to support the economic activities of the public and the quality of life of rural communities. These include construction of village roads, bridges, ponds, clean water facilities, early childhood education facilities, integrated health services posts, and a large amount of other developments.

"In the past four years we have been able to build infrastructure in the village with a very massive scale that has not happened in Indonesia, possibly not in other countries. So, at the Annual Meeting, these developments have also become a concern for participants from a number of developing countries," the Minister said.

Eko said that the superior products in rural areas (Prukades) have become one of the programs that are considered to be in great demand by developing countries. Prukades is considered to have become a liaison between the central government through a number of ministries, the regional government through the district head and the village head, business world, banking and society.

"This Prukades program has been followed by a number of regencies in Indonesia, with this Prukades model the development of rural areas will be more developed and advanced," he said.

Therefore, he appealed to all regional heads (regents) or village heads to make plans for the use of village funds for human and economic empowerment. He was also optimistic that within the next seven years, the underdeveloped villages could be alleviated.

"So, I see a number of regions or villages already have sufficient infrastructure development. So there needs to be a plan for the use of village funds for human and economic empowerment. We are very optimistic that in the next seven years, the number of underdeveloped villages in Indonesia will soon be alleviated and the number of unemployed people in the village also continues to experience a significant decline," he concluded.