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PT SMI Encouraged to Take a Role in Economic Recovery and Sustainable Development

The government through the Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) specifically asked PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur or PT SMI to increase its strategic role in order to realize the transformation of the National Health System (SKN). The strategic role includes, among others, a number of the Company's business pillars, such as in terms of financing and investment, consulting services, to project development.

Through this role, PT SMI is considered to be able to develop health infrastructure as a support for economic growth and recovery affected by the pandemic.

Secretary General of the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Kunta Wibawa Dasa Nugraha, assessed that PT SMI can play a vital role through the three business pillars. "With these three business pillars, PT SMI can enter into the development or construction of hospitals in the regions, not only hospitals but also general hospitals, as well as central hospitals," he said in the Indonesia Sustainable Development Day 2021 (ISDD) Webinar, recently.

Currently, the Ministry of Health is said to be in the middle of transforming the SKN which includes six pillars. Each of these pillars is the transformation of primary services, the transformation of referral services, the transformation of the health resilience system, the transformation of the health financing system, the transformation of health human resources, and the transformation of health technology.

The Director General of State Assets of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, Rionald Silaban stated that the government's focus on developing health infrastructure is due to the awareness that healthy human resources are the driving force for growth and economic recovery on a national scale. For this reason, Rionald expressed his appreciation for PT SMI's proactive efforts in increasing stakeholder awareness to face the challenges of sustainable development, as well as the management of health infrastructure.

He also encouraged PT SMI to increase its financing portfolio for various sustainable projects. This is said to be in line with the government's plans and agenda in efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change or climate change.

Moreover, Indonesia has committed to take action to prevent climate change, which was marked by the presence of President Joko Widodo at The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, England.

"For us at the Ministry of Finance, PT SMI as a Special Mission Vehicle (SMV) has an important role to put forward government policies in their implementation. Therefore, it is indeed the task of PT SMI is how in its project it can encourage local governments and other parties to implement the economy sustainable," said Rionald.

At the same event, the Minister of Finance (Menkeu) Sri Mulyani Indrawati, expressed similar expectations. The Minister of Finance wants PT SMI, which has the status of a Special Mission Vehicle (SMV) to be able to produce various programs to support the government's focus on handling and anticipating the impact of the pandemic, as well as encouraging sustainable development.

The Minister of Finance explained that world health experts believe that the Covid-19 pandemic may not be the last. For this reason, every country should have anticipatory preparations in handling, one of which is by implementing a reliable health system. So that later, the pandemic will not have too big an impact on the health sector and the economy. The Minister of Finance added that this was the reason for assigning PT SMI as a State-Owned Enterprise (BUMN) under the coordination of the Ministry of Finance to participate in building the domestic health system. Not only through financing for health infrastructure or project-based, but also in program or policy-based financing.

In addition, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets, PT SMI is also considered to be involved in program-based financing in the sustainable development sector, one of which is renewable energy. The Minister of Finance admitted that the plan was quite ambitious, both in terms of targets and costs. Therefore, the vision of developing New and Renewable Energy (EBT) in order to achieve sustainable development targets and climate change mitigation requires the cooperation of all stakeholders.

"This area that I ask PT SMI to not only focus on thinking about the project base, although this is still important, (renewable energy) will become important and develop. PT SMI is an SMV not only a project base but also included in the program, meaning that you also study from in terms of policy design," he said.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF) of the Ministry of Finance, Febrio Kacaribu, stated that the estimated cost of climate change mitigation is indeed not small. In the 2020 Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Road Map, the cost of climate change mitigation to achieve NDC is IDR 3,779 trillion until 2030. Febrio assesses that PT SMI has a strategic role in achieving this target. "The role of PT SMI will be very strategic how it can become an enabler and even become an actor in the context of carrying out the climate change mitigation agenda," he said.


Source: investor.id

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