President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo (Jokowi) witnessed the mass vaccinations conducted for banking and capital market industry players at the Indonesia Stock Exchange Building (BEI), Jakarta, on Wednesday.
“This morning, we are vaccinating ‘on a large scale’ those working in the banking and capital market, especially those dealing with customers and the public every day, including customer service officers and tellers, who also serve the community,” President Jokowi stated in the company of Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Financial Services Authority, Wimboh Santoso, and leaders of the financial industry.
President Jokowi expounded that banking and capital market officers interacting directly with customers on a daily basis will be accorded priority to be administered the COVID-19 vaccine.
With the COVID-19 vaccination administered to officers in the financial services industry, President Jokowi is optimistic that financial sector activities would quickly recover and operate normally and safely.
“With this effort, we are optimistic of being protected from contracting and being exposed to COVID-19 while conducting activities in the capital market and banking. We hope that everything would run normally after being vaccinated,” he stated.
The head of state highlighted the importance of the banking industry and the capital market in driving the economy.
This especially becomes increasingly crucial at this time, when the contribution of banks and the capital market is direly needed to accelerate the recovery of the domestic economy.
“We know that the drivers of our national economy are consumption, investment, export, and import. Banking, the capital market, are very important for driving our economy,” President Jokowi affirmed.
Apart from the Indonesia Stock Exchange Building in Jakarta, mass vaccinations for banking and capital market officers were also conducted in four other central locations for financial activities.
Indonesia is targeting economic growth this year in the range of 4.5-5.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) or reversing from a contraction of economic growth of minus 2.07 percent in 2020.
To drive economic growth this year, the government is working to restore public health in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on data from the Task Force for Handling COVID-19, until March 30, 2021, the government had administered the COVID-19 vaccine to 7.7 million people.
Source: Antara News