Jokowi urges civil servants to lead the way

Jokowi urges civil servants to lead the way

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called on civil servants across the country to speed up bureaucratic reform and act as role models for change.

The President, who has been pushing for a "mental revolution" to transform the country's inefficient bureaucracy into an effective tool, made the remarks during a flag ceremony to commemorate the Indonesian Civil Servants Corp's (Korpri) 43th anniversary at the National Monument (Monas) on Monday morning.

"Let me remind all of you Korpri members that you should be teachers [and] role models to introduce changes expected by the people. I also want to remind you all to create a clean and competent bureaucracy that serves the people even faster," said Jokowi in his speech in front of more than 10,000 civil servants.

Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Yuddy Chrisnandi, who was among several ministers at the ceremony, said the mental revolution had three focuses: to change priyayi (aristocratic) bureaucrats to bureaucrats who serve the public, to create lean organizational structures and to improve work culture.

"We must show this in our service to the public. We need to show that the purpose of civil servants as representatives of the government is to serve the people," he told reporters after the ceremony.

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