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Minister Luhut: Good Trash Management Relates to Qualified Human Resources

Denpasar - Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said if we were able to manage garbage well then we would produce qualified future generation because trash management was closely related to health and human resources.

The Minister addressed the statement when accompanying World Bank President Jim Yong Kim visiting Ngurah Rai Forest Park or popularly known as Mangrove Information Center (MIC) in Suwung Kauh area, Denpasar, on Friday (6 /7)

In addition to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs accompanying President Kim were Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati,Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Eko Putro Sandjojo and Minister of General Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono.

“We were talking about plastic trash management problems. We view this as a very serious matter as this is related to human resources quality. Mrs. Sri Mulyani once disburses a lot of funding for this, World Bank also has very good program. Besides, we need World Bank to monitor this,” the Minister said.

The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs said garbage problem management was requiring a whole and integrated approach. As such, the central government will invite regency and city administrations to do same thing so as they will be committed to carry out environment cleaning standards.

“The Indonesian Government under the leadership of President Jokowi doesn’t only focus on infrastructure development and economy but also provides serious attention on plastic trash management and stunting,” the Minister said.

In that occasion, President Kim expressed his admiration and said his appreciation on the commitment of the Indonesian Government related to garbage and stunting handling efforts.

“For stunting program I am impressed with the works done by the Indonesian Government, about 37% of Indonesian kids suffer from stunting. As what Mr. Luhut said, all must be done in integrated ways. Like the Indonesian kids who suffer from stunting, they can’t participate in development and enjoy it,” President Kim said.

President Kim also said the mission of the World Bank was working to reduce poverty, gap or inequality level which aimed at creating fairness. This is the part which is missed out by people, forming public misunderstanding on World Bank.

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