Regent of Kulon Progo, dr. Hasto Wardoyo, Sp.OG (K), mentioned that to reduce economic gap, government has to be able to bring society closer to access to capital.
“We need to bring the grassroots level to capital,” said the Regent in a national seminar on Innovative Management to Fair Social Development,” he said on Thursday 26/10) at Faculty of Social and Political Sciences UGM.
Hasto said in the recent years, Kulon Progo local government had been developing the regency through local wisdom and local potential. Through cooperation with several parties from private companies to universities, he has successfully developed local businesses that are managed by cooperatives and village enterprises. A number of local products such as bottled water, local minimarket and agricultural products have started to benefit the local people. He campaigned for reducing dependence on imported products by buying local products.
Despite the important role from the government, he emphasised on the importance of active role and commitment of the people. He also emphasised the need for doing mental revolution by changing their way of thinking and making real changes.
“To do a revolution has to be a change of views. There has to be a movement that can make a breakthrough,” said the Regent.
Similarly, Social Development and Welfare lecturer of UGM, Hendrie Adji Kusworo, Ph.D., explained to the students and participants of the seminar about new enterpreneurship that not only focuses on accumulation of capital but more on social justice.
“Fair social development can only be born by new enterpreneurship that combines business approach with effectivity and efficiency, but on the other hand taking sides with collectivity in an innovative management,” said Adji.
Other speakers of the seminar include mentor of Joglo Tani farmer group, TO Soeprapto, CSR Manager of Pertamina, Sudaryoko, and Manager of General Affairs and Community Relations of PT Holcim Indonesia Plant Tuban, Trayudi Darma. The Seminar is run by Social Development and Welfare Department UGM to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
“The theme raised in this seminar is very relevant and contextual with the national condition currently. Hopefully, the ideas that are presented today will echo to the national level and be made an input by policy makers,” said Dean of Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Dr. Erwan Agus Purwanto, M.Si.