Indonesia makes significant progress in achieving MDGs targets

09:18, June 23, 2010      

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Indonesia is making significant progress to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets in 2015 as the country started programs towards the goals at low level, an official told Xinhua in a recent interview.

Delfin Go, the World Bank's Lead Economist for Development Prospect Growth, said that however Indonesia needs more growth to fights against poverty.

"Indeed, Indonesia is on the right track to achieve the targets, but it still has to go a long way towards the goals, especially in terms of alleviating poverty," said Go.

Go said that Indonesia is on the right way in terms of basic education, access to clean water, low mortality level of pregnant women and gender equality in basic education.

"However, in terms of maternal mortality level, Indonesia should reduce it further," said Go.

Go said that so far Indonesian government has been implementing good policies in growing the country's economy, one important factor to support in achieving the targets.

"Indonesia is one of countries that managed to contain the world financial crisis effect aside of China and India," he said.

However, he said that Indonesia needs sustainable support provided by international financial institutions.

According to Go, so far crisis responses by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international financial institutions to developing countries, including Indonesia, have been aligned with their comparative strengths and capabilities.

"More than 150 billion U.S. dollars or two-thirds from the World Bank Group has been committed by multilateral development banks since the beginning of the crisis," he said.

Meanwhile, he added, the IMF had committed about 175 billion dollars for crisis-related support as of the end of February 2010.

He said that although external shocks are hampering many developing countries in achieving the MDGs targets, Indonesia provides evidences of its resilience.

He said that so far Indonesia managed to contain the European financial crisis.

"I don't know exactly Indonesia's export to Europe but somehow the government's policies are effective to contain the effect," he said.

Go said that strong external funding is needed to ensure fiscal sustainability while maintaining key investments in infrastructure and social sectors.

He said that Indonesia needs to gain momentum in achieving MDGs targets through reforms, development aids, access to trade and sustainable support by international financial institutions.

"Indonesia and other developing countries need to continue to match external support with domestic reforms to make government spending and service delivery more efficient," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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