Jakarta, July 29, 2020
(ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) opined that handling of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic must be conducted concurrently
with endeavors to facilitate recovery of the country's economy hard hit
by the impacts of the outbreak.
The economy is bound to bear the brunt when the focus is chiefly on health through the application of restrictions, while on the other hand, prioritizing measures to bring about an economic rebound by relaxing COVID-19 restrictions will further fuel the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Jokowi has offered a midpoint strategy through his “brake and gas
pedal” analogy at the right time for fine-tuning efforts to strike a
delicate balance between handling the COVID-19 pandemic and economic
"In managing this crisis, the brake and
gas pedal should be maneuvered in a way to really strike a balance. We
cannot mainly use gas for economic interests but then our health gets
neglected in the process. However, we cannot also concentrate fully on
health aspects since the economy is collapsing," he pointed out.
materialize his concept, Jokowi signed Presidential Regulation No. 82
of 2020 on the Committee for COVID-19 Handling and National Economic
Recovery on July 20, 2020.
The regulation is a
manifestation of the "brake and gas pedal" concept voiced by President
Jokowi to balance, coordinate, synergize, and integrate the COVID-19
handling and economic recovery efforts.
"This committee is intended to integrate health and economic policies that are often described by the president as (the vehicles’) gas and brake pedals, and both must be handled in a balanced manner," Minister of State Secretary Pratikno remarked.