President and Vice President Move to Limit Costly Government Meetings in Hotels
Indonesia’s Vice President Jusuf Kalla has reminded all government ministries, department and agencies to help reduce budget deficits by limiting meetings to government meeting facilities and avoid the costly use of hotel and convention centers.
“We will limit unnecessary costs, including the cost of meetings,” said Kalla at the Vice-Presidential Office Complex on Thursday, November 6, 2014. According to the Vice-President, meetings outside of their respective ministerial offices are permitted if existing facilities of sufficient size do not exists.
Kalla said that if the number attending a meeting exceeds the carrying capacity of the available meeting hall – involving regional heads of government fro governor to regents – the rental of private venues would be considered acceptable. Continuing, Kalla asked: “But, if only 30-100 people are attending (a meeting), why must we use a hotel?”
Quoted by Tempo.co, the Minister for the Optimization of the State Apparatus and Bureaucratic Reform, Yuddy Chrisnandi, said that he is in the process of drafting a regulation for the President’s signature that will prohibit or limit government meetings that can be held in private sector venues. The regulation is being drafted in direct response to an instruction given by President Joko Widodo at a cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
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