World Bank President Calls Countries to Implement Indonesia’s Efforts Overcoming Stunting Problems

Jakarta- World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has called countries to learn from Indonesia on its efforts to have handled stunting issues. The statement was made when he was accompanying President Joko Widodo in his signature impromptu visit or known as blusukan to Tangkil Village, Caringin District, Bogor Regency on Wednesday, 4 July 2018.

“I would like to invite the world to learn from Indonesia regarding this matter because Indonesia has shown to the world that, with strong leadership and political will, technology usage and cooperation from all stakeholder, stunting handling efforts can be carried out,” he said as stated in a press release from the Protocol, Press and Media Division of the Presidential Secretariat on Wednesday, 4 July 2018.

Stunting or children growth disorder is a problem that still occurs in many developing countries. The problem requires immediate solution as this relates to children physical growths and their contributions to the development of a country. 

In regards to that, the World Bank President said that stunting handling required strong commitment and leadership from the government. He said the President had shown the commitment that could serve as a good example for other developing nations.

“Not many countries are successful in handling stunting issue as this obliges strong commitment and political leadership from the top. Indonesia under the leadership of President Joko Widodo is one of the biggest developing countries that shows the commitment,” he said.

As such, he emphasized stunting problems must be solved as early as possible because, as the President frequently said in many occasions, country development depends on the condition and capability of its human resources.

“The problem becomes very important because if stunting issues were not solved immediately, children wouldn’t be able to optimize their potentials then contribute for the development and economy of the country,” he said.

Also present in the visit were Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Health Minister Nila F. Moeloek, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy.

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