Indonesia streamlines public apparatus amid pandemic hinh anh 1Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Photo: thejakartapost)

Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo officially disbanded 18 state institutions on July 20 in a bid to better control budget spending and facilitate operations of other ministries and sectors.

The group included the Extractive Industries Transparency Team; the National Coordinating Agency for Agricultural Extension, Fisheries and Forestry; the Indonesian economic development, acceleration, and expansion committee; the Sunda Strait Infrastructure and Strategic Area Development Agency; and the National Coordination Team for Mangrove Ecosystem Management.

The President first brought up the matter at a cabinet meeting on June 18. He warned the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle and disbandment of some government agencies for their failure in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts.

Also on July 20, Widodo signed a regulation related to the establishment of the COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee./.