Aceh Besar targets 10-11 percent poverty rate reduction by 2022

Banda Aceh Aceh Besar Regent Mawardi Ali outlined a target to lower the poverty rate by 10-11 percent by 2022.

“We can achieve this target through the support of all stakeholders in Aceh Besar,” Ali stated on the sidelines of the Regional Apparatus Forum/Inter-Regional Apparatus Forum for drafting the Regional Government Work Plan (RKPD) of Aceh Besar District 2022 here on Monday.

Citing the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data, Ali noted that Aceh Besar had clocked an economic growth of 0.31 percent, while the economic growth target set in the Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJM) for Aceh Besar District was 4.51 percent.

“Although the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the global economic growth, including the economy of Aceh Besar District, Aceh Besar’s economic growth is still quite good, as it has continued to record a positive number as compared to other districts and cities in Aceh Province,” he pointed out.

Ali remarked that in 2020, Aceh Besar District had refocused its budget, while in 2021, based on PMK No.17 of 2021, Aceh Besar must also refocus its budget by eight percent, or around Rp28 billion.

“I am upbeat about this planning really prioritizing community proposals and having a direct impact on the economic growth of the community,” he stated.

Ali further suggested all players engaged in development to be serious and work together, so that the forum can accommodate the various aspirations of the community that would be synergized with the government’s development policies and programs and analysis of technocrats in various development fields.

He emphasized that the most important aspect in the efforts to reduce the poverty rate is the synchronization and synergy of development that is projected to aid in optimally utilizing the potential of the region and addressing pressing issues and requirements in 2022.

Source: Antara News