Jakarta –

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) targets economic growth next year in the range of 5 to 5.5%. Although, Indonesia is still overshadowed by uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response, the General Chair of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Arsjad Rasjid said his party was optimistic that economic growth in 2022 would reach 5%. However, Arshad reminded the government to continue to prioritize the health recovery program as the key to economic revival.

“In this case, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is realistic, the government will reach that number. In essence, we support but also add, provide input, and correct. For example, according to the principles of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the government must carry out the policy triangle in a pandemic situation, namely, health is restored, the economy is running and social protection is a priority. In principle, we must realistically accept living in a pandemic as the new norm of life,” he said in a written statement, Tuesday (17/8/2021).

For example, the extension of the PPKM, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or the business world accepts it because it must be carefully considered. However, the government should also consider sectors such as manufacturing and retail to be fully opened on condition that the health protocols are strictly followed and all workers are vaccinated.

According to him, however, the wheels of the economy cannot be stopped. He said it was an unavoidable form of adaptation in living with COVID-19.

The government also targets tax revenues in 2022 to reach Rp 1,506.91 trillion in the APBN Bill for Fiscal Year 2022. This target grows 9.5% compared to the outlook for tax revenues in 2021 of Rp 1,375.8 trillion.

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