JAKARTA - West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan (Aher) again won the title as Innovative Governor in the event of Innovative Regional Head Achievement 2017 from Koran Sindo.
West Java Provincial Administration Assistant Secretary Muhamad Solihin representing the Governor of Aher received the award given by the Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Tjahjo Kumolo in the night of Innovative Regional Head Award 2017 Koran Sindo at The Westin Hotel, Jl. Rasuna Said Jakarta, Tuesday night (1/8/2017).
This event was held the fourth time. Four times Aher also won the title as Innovative Governor. In the event of Innovative Head Achievement of 2017, Aher won the title as Innovative Governor 2017 for Economy and Investment category.
Sindo newspaper assesses Aher has successfully brought West Java Province into one of the most advanced provinces in Indonesia. Based on data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) 2016, economic growth of West Java reached 5.67%, an increase compared to 2015 ago at 5.03%.
West Java economic growth rate occupies the top position in Java, even exceeding the national average economic growth of 5.02%. While the investment value of West Java reached Rp 265 trillion.
Minister of Home Affairs, Tjahjo Kumolo, in his speech said that innovation is important in the effort to accelerate growth and build people's prosperity. He hopes that with the innovation of all Heads of Regions will be able to mobilize and organize society with existing innovations.
On this occasion, Tjahjo also emphasized four things in innovation that must be done by the Head of Region. First, the Head of Region has discretions of authority to develop regional innovation programs in accordance with the characteristics of the problems and specifications of the needs of the people in the region. Second, the innovation program must be in accordance with the characteristics of the problem and the specification of community needs in the region.
Third, the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) always encourages Local Government to implement innovation program. And fourth, the formulation of innovation policy in accordance with Law Number 23 Year 2014 on Regional Government.
"Kemendagri encourages innovations built by regions to be published. As good as any program of Head of Region do without socialized, without being published, without assisted national and regional media, will not be meaningless because not known by society in general," said Tjahjo.
In addition to Governor Aher, there are also Regents / Mayors from West Java who won the title of Innovative Mayor 2017, including: Bekasi Regent (Categories Infrastructure and Development), Mayor of Bandung (Environment), and Mayor of Depok (Environment).
This Innovative Head of Innovation was held as an effort to encourage the acceleration of regional development through various innovations. Development must be spread throughout the country. This is in accordance with the Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla government program which is to build Indonesia from the periphery.
The award was given to 27 regional heads: five governors, nine mayors, and 13 regents. There are six categories: Public Service, Social and Culture, Infrastructure and Development, Economy and Investment, Environment, and Governance.