Minister looks to take bureaucracy to next level through digitization

Minister looks to take bureaucracy to next level through digitization

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – The newly installed Minister of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reform, Abdullah Azwar Anas, has said that he will seek to take bureaucracy to the next level with the help of digitization.

“It is undeniable that the bureaucracy must go to the next level, which is (through) digitization. What is digitization? That is digitization (in terms of) structure, culture, and competence,” he said at the State Palace here on Wednesday after his formal appointment by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in place of Tjahjo Kumolo, who passed away in July.

According to Anas, digitization in terms of structure, culture, and competence is key for transforming the bureaucracy.

“Plus, there is already the SPBE (electronic-based government system) and if these can be connected, the results would be maximum,” he remarked.

Regarding his agenda until 2024, he emphasized that he will meet President Jokowi’s priority targets, which include tackling poverty and stunting.

“If we divide (the task), it can be done. The point is we (must) work according to the President’s directive; (become) a bureaucracy that serves,” he said.

Another target that the President has set is integrating poverty alleviation funds reaching Rp520 trillion in 16 ministries and institutions, he added.

“The productivity of state apparatus (ASN) is important because many of them are retiring, and (tackling) this needs a joint effort by ministries, institutions, and regions,” he said.

The improvement of public services is key, such as enhancing proactive activities for supporting community needs, he added.

Furthermore, he said that he will also continue to serve as the head of the National Public Procurement Agency (LKPP) temporarily.

“We do not know yet (about the appointment for the LKPP head position); waiting for Mr. President’s directive,” the former Banyuwangi district head said. 

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