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Thursday (24/1) at the Main Meeting Room, Lt. II FEB UNDIP Dean Building, National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) held a discussion forum with the theme Development Planning in the Framework of Drafting the 2020-2024 RPJMN.

This event was attended by undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students from Diponegoro University, as well as students from USM University and UIN Walisongo. This discussion forum presented two keynote speakers, namely Dr.Muhammad Cholifihani, S.E., M.A. as Director of Financial Services and BUMN – Bappenas RI and Eka Chandra Buana, S.E., M.A. as Director of Macro Planning and Statistical Analyst – Bappenas RI.

Each keynote speaker presented a different material. Eka Chandra Buana, S.E., M.A. delivered material on “Macroeconomic Framework 2020-2024”. Eka mentioned several reasons that caused the structural transformation to fail, including overlapping regulations and bureaucratic obstacles, the low quality of human resources and labor productivity, and the low quality of infrastructure. These factors are the cause of low innovation and investment quality. Various efforts that can be taken to overcome this problem are to facilitate structural transformation through increasing efficiency, productivity and added value. Improvements on the supply side are also needed, balanced by strengthening domestic demand and improving international trade performance.

While the second material presented by Dr. Muhammad Cholifihani, S.E., M.A. related to “Financial Deepening in Indonesia and the Direction of Inclusive Financial Policy”. In his presentation, Cholifihani said that the financial inclusion policy is a form of financial deepening aimed at the community at the bottom of the pyramid to take advantage of formal financial services. There are two main indicators in financial inclusion, namely TPF/GDP and Credit/GDP. The government in this case has drawn up policy directions related to these two indicators, one of which is about policy directions to encourage the development of MSMEs.