Jakarta: The National Support for Local Investment Climates/National Support for Enhancing Local and Regional Economic Development (NSLIC/NSELRED) project together with the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs has launched the Socialization of Indonesian Minister of Home Affairs Regulation (Permendagri) Number 22 of 2020 and Socialization of Guidelines for Government Affairs Mapping in the Framework of Inter-Regional Cooperation (IRC) for 34 provinces including NSLIC pilot project.
The guidelines on government affairs mapping in the framework of inter-regional cooperation is designed for the Inter-Regional Cooperation Team (TKKSD), specifically for regional apparatus who are in charge of cooperation.
Dr. Safrizal Z.A, M.Si, Director General of Regional Administration Development, Ministry of Home Affairs explained that this guidelines is expected to support local government in identifying and mapping the government affairs that will be cooperated based on regional potential and characteristic, so the IRC can be implemented for public services, economic growth, increasing competitiveness and public welfare.
The inter-regional cooperation is an effort to transform the economy which is expected to increase regional competitiveness and economy.
In practice, regional cooperation will synergistically utilize local resources and increase cooperation between actors (public-private partnership) in the management of regional economic resources.
"In addition to being effective in facilitating the development and growth of local economies, in line with the government’s priorities, building IRC is also vital in the current context of the covid-19 pandemic," stated NSCLIC/NSELRED in a press release issued on Wednesday.
Cavelle Dove, Project Director of NSLIC/NSELRED expressed that since covid-19 respects no borders, collaboration among local government including at the provincial, municipal or regency level, as well as shared commitments to cooperation and mutual support is needed to control and contain the spread of the pandemic and address its adverse socio-economic impact. Local government can use the IR tools to identify potential areas of cooperation and take joint action.
From a series of discussions with the ministry, it was identified that the main cause of constraints in developing the IRC lies in the absence of potential mapping guidelines, which should be issued by the National Government for all provinces in Indonesia.
The Ministry of Home Affairs in collaboration with NSLIC/NSELRED will provide technical assistance for building the IRC’s mapping tools, identifying and mapping the IRCs potential, strengthening the IRC’s institutions and human resources and monitoring and evaluation of the IRC’s implementation in NSLIC’s two provinces – Gorontalo and Southeast Sulawesi.
This online event involved the representatives of 34 provinces, including the representatives of Gorontalo and Southeast Sulawesi.
The National Support for Local Investment Climates/National Support for Enhancing Local and Regional Economic Development (NSLIC/NSELRED) is a C$18million project funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC), in collaboration with the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, and implemented by Cowater International Inc.
This project aims to increase employment and income opportunities for poor men and women in Indonesia by improving the investment climate and supporting business development.