Suara.com – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said defense and security in supporting economic recovery in 2021 when the Covid-19 pandemic still exists, is very important.
“Therefore, this is not a matter of choice but both of them are priorities,” said Sri Mulyani when attending a virtual presentation at the Ministry of Defense (Kemenhan) Leadership Meeting, Wednesday (13/1/2021).
He hopes that the defense and security system and the defense and security function can truly become necessary condition for the recovery and stability of the Indonesian economy.
“From the 2021 budget allocation, the Ministry of Defense is expected to be able to continue to modernize and maintain defense equipment as well as meet the needs for defense equipment and maintain defense stability to support our economic recovery,” he said.
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At the event with the theme “Strong Defense and Security Independence Creating a Resilient Indonesia”, he added that currently the challenges of national defense are increasingly dynamic.
Some are internal, such as terrorism, drugs, separatism and communal conflicts, some are external, such as border conflicts, spionase, cyber war, proxy war or the issue of weapons of mass destruction as well transnational crime which is indeed a threat to all countries.
“And now it appears non traditional security threat such as climate change, natural disasters, pandemics or epidemics and food crises. This is our challenge that we must be aware of and learn so that we can handle it, “he explained.
Finally, Sri Mulyani said that the Ministry of Finance will continue to support the Ministry of Defense to fulfill its needs as an important institution within the Republic of Indonesia in maintaining the defense and security of the Republic of Indonesia.
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