Jakarta, wapresri.go.id – Accelerating the reduction in stunting rates has become the government’s priority in building excellent and highly competitive human resources (HR). For this reason, the government continues to strive to accelerate the reduction of stunting to reach 14 percent in 2024, through cooperation and collaboration with various international institutions.

“We still really need a partnership with international institutions, with the World Bank, with the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), FAO (Food Agriculture Organization) to be able to tackle [the decline in stunting rate]. Cooperation with various international institutions is needed,” said Vice President (VP) K. H. Ma’ruf Amin when receiving the ranks of the World Bank Delegation, at the Vice President’s Palace, Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan No. 6 Central Jakarta, Wednesday (26/10/2022).

The VP explained that the government continues to develop strategies in an effort to deal with stunting reduction through convergence, collaboration, and exploration of all the potential that Indonesia has.

“Our strategy is convergence, collaboration, and we mobilize all the potential that we have,” explained the VP.

Furthermore, the Vice President said that the handling of stunting in Indonesia involved stakeholders to synergize and collaborate, such as ministries/agencies, local governments, and the private sector.

“Involving all ministries/agencies, local governments, then we involve local governments, then also the private sector, even individuals under the coordination of the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN),” the VP said.

“So, it is this collaborative work that we rely on, so we have mapped out that this year a 5 percent reduction will be achieved through the actions that have been programmed,” he added.

On this occasion, the VP expressed his appreciation for the assistance and support that the World Bank has given to the program to accelerate the reduction of stunting in Indonesia.

“Thank you, the World Bank for providing support so far and indeed we really need the support of international institutions,” appreciated the VP.

Responding to this, the Vice President for Human Development at The World Bank, Mamta Murthi stated, the World Bank will provide full funding support for the program to accelerate the reduction of stunting in Indonesia.

“We will continue to support to provide additional funding and will expand financial support,” stated Mamta.

In addition, the World Bank will also continue to collaborate with relevant ministries/agencies, as well as seek the availability of funds to support the acceleration of stunting reduction in the next 6-12 months.

“We will also continue to cooperate with other ministries/agencies to provide such financial support. And we also hope that within the next 6-12 months the funding will be available,” added Mamta.

Also present on this occasion were, Country Director for The World Bank in Indonesia & Timor Leste Satu Kristiina Jyrintytaer Kaehkoenen, Regional Director for Human Development Bank Daniel Hugo Dulitzky, and Operations Manager Bolormaa Amgaabazar.

Meanwhile, the VP was accompanied by the Head of the Vice President’s Secretariat Ahmad Erani Yustika, Deputy for Human Development Policy Support and Development Equity Suprayoga Hadi, Special Staff of the VP Masduki Baidlowi, and the Expert Team for the VP Iggi Haruman Achsien. (NN/LHS – BPMI Setwapres)