Meetings, Bloody Meetings!

Incoming President Joko Widodo Transition Team Identify that US$1.5 Billion Spent Each Year on Government Meetings. Signaling that fiscal conservancy may be a hallmark of the new Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla administration, the transition team for Indonesia new President and Vice-President has identified that Rp 18 trillion (US$ 1.5 billion) is spent on meetings held annual by the government. A member of Commission X from the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR-RI).

Dolfie O.F. Palit, told finance.detik.com that one of the main factors contributing to the enormous cost of government meetings is the tendency to starred hotels, when less luxurious venues would do. Speaking on Thursday, September 25, 2014, Dolfie contends that meeting held in the capital do not need to rent hotels when ministerial meeting rooms, also luxurious in their own right, would suffice.

The new presidential transition team calculates that Rp. 11.6 trillion (US$1 billion) is spent on government meetings convened in the nation’s capital of Jakarta, while the remaining RP. Rp. 6,4 trillion (US$557,000) is spent on meetings held in the provinces. Incoming Indonesian president Joko Widodo has promised to trim wasteful spending in his new administration.

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