Jakarta, wapresri.go.id – Village-Owned Enterprises (BUMDes) have great potential to support and advance the economy in villages. Through BUMDes, the villagers can play an active role in managing the existing resources. Therefore, it is necessary to involve the champion figures and all human resources to drive BUMDes resulting in optimal benefits.

“I am convinced the important role of the champion figures in the tourist villages as one of the important factors for achievement. In addition, the active participation of local human resources is also needed,” said Vice President K.H. Ma’ruf Amin at the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Village Development Award 2022 at the JS Luwansa Hotel, Jakarta, Thursday (23/06/2022).

Furthermore, the Vice President said that village development is one of the pillars of Indonesia’s development in the future.
“If the village is strong and independent, then the dream of Onward Indonesia (Indonesia Maju) will be more easily realized,” said the vice president.

He also added that the village becomes the starting point for advancing the people’s economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, the government encourages the village economy to be developed through the designed programs.

“Therefore, the government continues to increase and improve the distribution of Village Funds and the BUMDes development program to achieve more prosperous villages,” he explained.

Closing his remarks, the Vice President explained that based on the data of the Building Village Index (IDM), 23.24 percent of villages in Indonesia are currently still categorized as underdeveloped and very least – developed villages.

The Vice President also demands the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration to monitor and ensure that all villages should benefit from the implemented programs.

“I ask the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration to diminish the underdeveloped and least-developed villages by 2024,” he concluded. (EP/DMA/LHS, BPMI – Setwapres)