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JAKARTA – Indonesia’s bureaucratic system is ready to go international.

It was stated by the Head of the Human Resources Development Agency (BPSDM) of the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) Sugeng Hariyono in a talk with The Editor on Tuesday (27/6) morning.

“I answered firmly that it has to be ready,” said Sugeng with certainty.

According to him, Indonesia is going towards a world-class bureaucratic system in two years.

This must be achieved as stated in the RPJMN (National Medium Term Development Plan) which has been determined by the government.

In other words, the Ministry of Home Affairs through BPSDM is committed to realizing world-class bureaucratic reform in 2024–in line with President Joko Widodo’s aspirations.

“There are only two years left, we have a target to run a world-class bureaucratic system,” he added.

Sugeng also revealed that the Ministry of Home Affairs also has a target of achieving The Golden Indonesia in 2045.

This achievement will be very special because it coincides with 100 years of Indonesian independence.

“We have a target to become The Golden Indonesia. It is a term that shows that our position is … let’s say, equalized … already part of the G8,” he said.

Becoming a member of the G8, he continued, is something that had been prepared by the government for a long time to be achieved.

This is because, even until this year, Indonesia has only been the guest of honor at the G7 Summit meeting held in Hiroshima, Japan.

And to become a member of the G8, he added, Indonesia’s bureaucratic system must be absolutely perfect.

The reason is that the G8 only consists of developed countries with a capable and modern bureaucratic system.

One should be noted, in the bureaucratic reform road map for 2020–2024, or entering the third period of bureaucratic reform, the focus of improvement is aimed at dynamic bureaucracy.

With this focus, it is hoped that world-class bureaucracy will be formed.

“Now, with our big target positions such as world-class bureaucracy [and] part of the G8, like it or not, we have to adjust to the competency standards of the international bureaucracy,” he explained.

How Can Indonesia Achieve a World-Class Bureaucratic System?

The Head of the Human Resources Development Agency of the Ministry of Home Affairs Sugeng Hariyono.
The Head of the Human Resources Development Agency of the Ministry of Home Affairs Sugeng Hariyono. (Picture: Elitha Evinora Tarigan/THE EDITOR)

Sugeng said, there are three ways to achieve a world-class bureaucratic system. First, make standardization related to the learning completed with the method.

“One of them is by getting the attention of international publications so that international partners know what we are working on,” he explained.

The second way is through certification–by providing certification based on the standards that have been made.

Third, competency development. This system will be achieved through training, workshops, technical guidance, and socialization.

The Competence of Firefighters Must Be at The Same Level With Firefighters in Japan

To achieve international-class bureaucratic services, Sugeng continued, the competence of state civil apparatus (ASN) must be increased both at the regional and central levels.

For example, ASN who works as firefighters.

According to him, his party introduces qualified technology and competencies that need to be carried out by them so that they can work at or equal to Japan’s level.

The competence of a firefighter, Sugeng said, is not only understood through his cognition, but also needs to be improved through soft skills, so that he can recognize prevention abilities and involve community participation in prevention aspects.

He also reminded the importance of having a firefighter in the community.

Therefore, he stressed the need for government efforts to prepare reliable and professional firefighters, one of which is through competency development activities such as the current education and training.

In addition, he continued, the first basic qualification training for firefighters is carried out in order to meet the capabilities of firefighters who are capable of carrying out fire disaster management in accordance with the qualification standards for firefighters required in local governments.

There are Four Competencies That Must Be Mastered by ASN, Regional Head, and DPRD

Sugeng said that there are four competencies that ASN, regional heads, and the Regional People’s Representative Council (DPRD) have to master so that a world-standard bureaucracy could be achieved.

First, technical competence. For example, firefighters, they must have technical aspects in carrying out their duties and functions.

Second, managerial competence. This competency is fostered by a state administration institution that is specifically used for promotion requirements within the ASN environment.

Third, the socio-cultural competencies that make the ASN having a social sensitivity to the diversity in Indonesia.

Fourth, government competencies. It is a competency that requires ASN to understand government functions.

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