Caption: Jokowi at the GAMKI Central Leadership Council Event (documented on Setpres’ YouTube channel)
MEDAN, JAKTIMES.COM – President Joko Widodo stated that the next national leadership will play a crucial role in determining Indonesia’s leap towards becoming a developed nation. The President believes that Indonesia’s opportunity to achieve this lies within the upcoming 13 years.
“The opportunity – the chance to become a developed nation – is only within the next 13 years. Thus, the future leaders will significantly determine whether our country can make this leap forward or not,” the President remarked during his address at the Inauguration of the Central Leadership Council (DPP) and the Official Opening of the National Working Meeting (Rakernas) of the Indonesian Christian Youth Movement (GAMKI), held at Benteng Field, Medan City, North Sumatra Province, on Saturday, August 19, 2023.
The Head of State pointed out that this opportunity stems from Indonesia’s substantial potential. Among these, Indonesia is currently positioned to be among the top five strongest economies in the world. “However, the challenges are not to be underestimated, and I have emphasized this multiple times,” he continued.
Jokowi stated that the leaders of Indonesia in the years 2024, 2029, and 2034 will play a pivotal role in determining the nation’s future, allowing it to escape the middle-income trap. “Be cautious about leadership in 2024, 2029, and 2034, as it will indeed hold significant importance,” he affirmed.
He also mentioned that there are several countries that have failed to capitalize on such opportunities, remaining developing nations to this day.
“I have reminded many times that in Latin American countries, during the 60s and 70s, they had already entered the realm of developing nations similar to what we currently have. Yet, up to this point, they remain as developing nations because they did not utilize the chances and opportunities to make a leap forward,” he explained.
He urged the public to be careful in selecting the future leaders of Indonesia. This, he stressed, is essential in order to effectively harness the opportunities Indonesia possesses, aiming for the leap towards becoming a developed nation.
“We all must exercise great caution in choosing our leaders so that we can make the leap to becoming a developed nation with a GDP and an economy that aligns with the standards of developed nations,” he concluded (Wan).