The Association of Young Indonesian Businesspeople (Hipmi) has called on the government to provide the group’s members with access to more projects, particularly those funded by the state budget in regions across the country.
When meeting President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday, Hipmi North Sulawesi chairman Elia Nelson Kumaat said as an example, the group’s members could handle projects on fishery development, which is allocated in the state budget.
He referred to the construction of fisheries in a number of locations like Bitung, North Sulawesi, Palu in Central Sulawesi and Selayar in South Sulawesi.
The group also asked for involvement in the construction of the Pelosika Dam project in Konawe, Southeast Sulawesi. “Please involve us in the project, either as suppliers or subcontractors for the dam project,” Elia said at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta.
Meanwhile, Hipmi East Nusa Tenggara chairman Arthur Lay thanked the central government for the construction of seven dams in the province, however, he also criticized the government for neglecting local businesspeople.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo agreed to involve local businesspeople in large projects, saying that he would talk to related ministries such as the Public Works and Housing Ministry, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry and State-Owned Enterprises Ministry.
“I will check why local businesspeople were not involved. Either the requirements were too demanding or the projects really needed experienced companies,” he said.