Durian. The Indonesian government is optimistic that continuous coordination among ministries and state agencies will bring advancements to the country’s border areas, as the border management became one of national priorities.
Head of the National Agency for Border Management (BNPP), who is also Indonesia’s Chief Security Minister, Mahfud MD said the state is committed to always be present in borders and to further push social and economic development in the areas.
“I’d like to reiterate that the management of border areas is a national priority. President Joko Widodo has always emphasized that the state must be present in borders so that the people there can also enjoy the outcomes of national development,” Mahfud MD said on Sep.17.
In order to do so, he called for every involving bodies and organizations to continue the effort to manage and develop Indonesia’s border areas. He also appreciated every effort done by both central and local governments, under the coordination of BNPP, in making sure development also takes part in the outer regions.
“The acceleration of border area development through fundamental infrastructure development, fulfillment of basic social services, and economic development has gradually reduced isolation and underdevelopment,” Mahfud MD added.
Established in 2010, BNPP is a national agency which is mandated to manage the border areas both in national and regional levels. It comprises of coordinating ministries, 27 of ministries/state agencies, and governors of border regions.