Chief Justice Anwar Usman receiving the WTP opinion award of 2020 from Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati virtually, Tuesday (9/14/2021). Photo by Humas MK.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | 13:58 WIB
JAKARTA, Public Relations—The Constitutional Court (MK) received an award for the unqualified (WTP) opinion from the Ministry of Finance for its financial report in 2020. The award was the 15th that the Court has received since 2006. The award was presented for the Constitutional Court and several ministries, agencies, and local governments at onsite-online the National Work Meeting (Rakernas) on Government Financial Accounting and Reporting 2020 by the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
The 2020 Government Financial Report (LKPP) stated that the Audit Board (BPK) had presented WTP opinion for the financial reports of 84 out of all 86 ministries/state agencies (LKLL) and 1 state general treasurer (LKBUN). The WTP opinion was also given to 486 out of all 542 local governments—33 provinces, 88 cities, and 365 regencies.
“The improvement of the quality of financial reports in extraordinary situations is an achievement that is neither easy nor simple. I would like to express my appreciation to all ministries, agencies, and local governments that have continued maintaining state finances and their develop governance,” said Fiannce Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.
At the rakernas, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati offered the officials who attended the meeting to give their keynote speeches.
“The rakernas is held in 2021 but this is the government financial reporting of 2020. Ladies and gentlemen, administrators of the central and local governments, all state agencies are watching and witnessing the year 2020 that has just passed. A year of an extraordinary humanitarian and health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.
The pandemic, she said, had forced the entire country to change and had extraordinary implications of the social condition, economy, and finances of the state. In such a state of emergency and real crisis, Indonesia made extraordinary steps last year.
“The compelling situation was responded by the President and the Government by issuing [the Government Regulation in Lieu of Law/Perppu] No. 1 of 2020. Thank goodness, the perppu was then stipulated by the [House of Representatives/DPR] into Law No. 2 of 2020 and became the legal and administrative basis for the central and local governments in mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic and its extraordinary imapcts, especially by using state financial instruments to protect society from COVID-19 as well as socio-economic and financial crises,” she stressed.
The Government changed the state budget (APBN) twice in 2020, Sri Mulyani said, using the Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 54 and No. 72 of 2020. She was aware that leaders of ministries, agencies, and local governments also faced difficulties amid the pandemic and that state finance administrators must be flexible and responsive to face unprecedented challenges.
“Therefore, in this occasion, I’d like to thank all leaders of ministries, agencies, and local governments who, I’m sure, faced challenging situations. We all have to realize the mission and objectives of ministries, agencies, and local governments. However, at the same time, we are facing the pandemic that has had extraordinary impacts while managing state finances,” she said.
She also said that it is important that law enforcement agencies such as the police, the Attorney General’s Office, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), BPK, the Finance and Development Supervisory Agency (BPKP), and the National Procurement Agency (LKPP) synergize with the government in overseeing the state financial accountability in order to prevent misappropriation of state finance, which ultimately reduces the effectiveness of government programs. “We understand that there will be risks of misappropriation of state finance, so in planning and implementing it, law enforcement agencies must be involved,” she stressed.
Translation uploaded on 9/24/2021 11:53 WIB
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