President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday vowed to lay the foundations for a second wave of reform that would lead Indonesia toward becoming an advanced country by 2025. Delivering his State of the Nation address to the House of Representatives, Yudhoyono outlined his plan for the nation’s future, including an overview of his next term as president.
He said that the primary goal of the second wave of reform was to complete the reform agendas and to intensify them in a framework of change and continuity.
The second wave of reform, he said, was intended to liberate Indonesia from the impact and aftermath of the crisis that took place 10 years ago, and to move the country into a phase that would see it become an advanced country by 2025.
“This is our vision for the year 2025, Indonesia Vision 2025. We hold the opinion that, God willing, by 2025 our life as a nation will be in a much better condition,” Yudhoyono said.
He said he believed that Indonesia would be an advanced, dignified and prosperous country if it was able to reinforce the three pillars of life as a state — self-reliance, competitiveness and a superior civilization.
“We have to be a nation that isn’t ensnared with a burden of debt. A nation that isn’t dictated, whether politically, economically or militarily, by any other country,” Yudhoyono said.
He said that in the last decade, the country had made great strides, undergone a number of changes and he added that the second round of reform would require even more change.
“We must bear in mind that reform is essentially about change and continuity,” he said.
He said that the main goals the nation needed to pursue was to strengthen unity and social harmony. “Let’s not repeat the dark history of conflicts that occurred in Poso, Ambon, Sampit and Aceh,” he said, referring to various problems that had beset the nation in the recent past.
Although the nation’s security was compromised by the terrorist acts last month, Yudhoyono said that he hoped the nation’s stability could be mainta ined.
While the economy had grown and strengthened over the past five years, with poverty and unemployment levels going down, the results should be enjoyed by all across the country, he said.
“The economic growth that we chose is one that is accompanied by equitable spread, so it meets a sense of fairness,” Yudhoyono said.
He also said that Indonesia needed to continue to consolidate democracy and transparency as well as persistently and impartially enfo rce justice and the law.
“The role and functions of the national press as the fourth pillar of democracy must continue to be solidified,” he added.
Economic progress, he said, should be reflected in greater improvements in people’s welfare, while good governance and corruption eradication should be intensified.
Other concerns included safeguarding the environment and empowering regional development, he added.
The Yudhoyono Doctrine
1. Develop a united, just and prosperous Indonesia within a harmonious society
2. Consolidate national stability in the face of terrorist threats
3. Consolidate democracy and transparency
4. Maintain law and order through consistent and impartial law enforcement
5. Intensify high economic growth to strengthen economic security
6. Enhance people’s welfare: lower poverty rate, lessen unemployment, and create a better welfare system
7. Create good governance and fight corruption 8. Protect the environment
9. Intensify regional development
10. Forge global partnership and cooperation
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