Pandemic hits Indonesia’s push for inclusive growth: Bappenas

first_img“Macroeconomic policies must be equipped with affirmative policies, increasing accessibility and industrial output policies,” Amalia said. The affirmative policies, she went on to say, were reducing poverty and inequality, encouraging productive women to have decent work and raising awareness on healthy eating and lifestyle.“Inclusive economic growth with more equitable income distribution and lower poverty is more resilient to the kind of shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” she stressed.In a recent research study, SMERU projected that 8.5 million people would fall into poverty this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The prediction means that the number of poor people will surge to 33.24 million, or 12.37 percent of Indonesia’s total population, a figure last seen in 2009.BPS data from September 2019 show that 24.79 million Indonesians lived in poverty, equivalent to 9.22 percent of the total population.“The Indonesian economy needs to recover [after the pandemic], that’s for sure, but efforts to reduce the country’s poverty rate have reversed by 10 years […]. All of the difficult steps that have been taken will then have to be redone to return to the 9.22 percent level,” SMERU researcher Ridho Al Izzati said in April.Topics : Projected slower economic growth caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to worsen Indonesia’s struggle to promote inclusive development in the country, according to a National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) official.The government with SMERU Research Institute measure the inclusiveness of growth based on 21 indicators, such as employment opportunity, inequality, contribution of women’s income and poverty rate. The result is that the country’s score on the Inclusive Economic Development Index has been stagnating at 5.75, which actually qualifies as moderately satisfying, since 2017.“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit household consumption and lowered industrial output, which in turn has affected the indicators to measure inclusive economic growth,” Bappenas expert staff member for economic and financing synergy Amalia Adininggar Widyastuti said in an online talk on Wednesday. Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show that household spending, which accounts for more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), grew just 2.84 percent in the first quarter as the economy expanded 2.97 percent, the slowest since 2001.The government now expects the country’s economy to grow 2.3 percent this year from 5.02 percent last year under the baseline scenario and even to contract 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario.The pandemic, Amalia said, was directly battering at least nine indicators in the index, especially employment opportunity, inequality and poverty. Without enough inclusiveness, the poorest 20 percent of the population were hit hardest by the pandemic with most of them lacking access to decent toilet and hand washing facilities, which are precisely the means to prevent COVID-19 contagion.last_img read more

Tottenham star Alderweireld buys iPads and laptops to help coronavirus victims

first_imgThe government has asked all pubs, clubs, theatres and gyms to close, with the British public advised to implement social distancing.However, some individuals have chosen to ignore the strict advice, potentially putting thousands of lives in danger – something Vertonghen is clearly not happy about.Best coronavirus memes – People are finding entertainment wherever they can during self-isolation 3TOBY ALDERWEIRELD is buying up iPads and laptops to help coronavirus victims keep in touch with concerned friends and relatives.The Spurs defender has joined the groundswell of footballers keen to help out in the fight against the global pandemic.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates3 Alderweireld is doing his bit to help coronavirus victims stay in contact with loved ones by buying them laptops and iPads. More than 5,000 people have contracted the virus in the UKCredit: AFP or licensorsAnd he has urged his 675,000 social media followers to follow the government guidelines to slow the spread of the crisis.Belgian international Alderweireld said: “The virus creates many needs, especially the lack of personal contact for the people who are sick and can’t see their families.“My plan is to buy dozens of tablets to give to the hospitals and nursing homes so people who are isolated can video chat with their friends and loved ones to get through these tough periods.“So in the next few days and weeks I will be trying to get those tablets to the places where they can help.”And I hope that anyone who can spare or give anything they can will also help a little bit the people in need to still see their families and friends. Because that will help a lot.“I hope that everyone is following the government measures to stop the further spread of the coronavirus. Stay strong together.”Alderweireld’s support for victims of the deadly bug comes as his Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen called for people to be fined for violating protection measures.3The Belgian centre-back took to social media to express his views with the football season having ground to a halt due to the spread of the outbreak.And Vertonghen believes any fines brought against individuals breaking the rules should paid back into the NHS.He tweeted: “Should fine big time for everyone who’s not respecting the protection measures and give the money back to NHS, doctors, nurses, key workers etc… #SocialDistancing.”Should fine big time for everyone who’s not respecting the protection measures and give the money back to NHS, doctors, nurses, key workers etc… #SocialDistancing— Jan Vertonghen (@JanVertonghen) March 22, 2020last_img read more