Jokowi tells regional heads to work harder

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed all regents and mayors to work harder to reach the government's target of 5.7 per cent economic growth in this fiscal year.

"Last year, our economic growth was only 5.1 per cent," quoted Jokowi as saying in a coordination meeting of regents and mayors, at Bogor Palace in West Java on Friday.

The President underlined that regional heads had to work harder because unlike neighbouring countries, Indonesia had increased its economic growth target to 5.7 per cent this year as a first step toward reaching 7 per cent in the next three years.

He said Malaysia had lowered its economic growth target to 5.1 per cent from 5.8 per cent in previous years.

The objective of the coordination meeting, which was a follow-up to a national development planning conference held in Jakarta on Dec. 18, 2014, was to discuss the government's priority programs in food security, infrastructure development, maritime potential, natural resources and energy.