Prof. Rina Indiastuti: Interdependency Is Required to Build Region Competitiveness

[, 6/09/2016] The ability to build competitiveness in most districts in West Java is still low. This is indicated by a small flow of investment and the limited creation of added value.

Prof. Rina Indiastuti saat memberikan sambutan pada acara “Diseminasi Buku dan Seminar Formulasi Strategi dan Kebijakan Penumbuhan Daya Saing Daerah Jawa Barat” di Gedung Bank Indonesia Jabar, Jln. Braga 108 Bandung, Senin (5/09). (Foto oleh: Dadan T.)*
Prof. Rina Indiastuti during her speech at the “Dissemination Seminar Books and Growth Strategy Formulation and Policy of West Java Regional Competitiveness” at Bank Indonesia Jabar, Jln. 108 Braga Bandung, Monday (5/09). (Photo by Dadan T.)*

“Therefore the solution is interdependency. Let us create the format of the value chain, in accordance with the potential and advantages of each region,” said Professor of the Faculty of Economics and deploying (FEB), Prof. Rina Indiastuti in the “Dissemination Seminar Books and Growth Strategy Formulation and Policy of West Java Regional Competitiveness” at Bank Indonesia Jabar, Jln. 108 Braga Bandung, Monday (5/09). The books disseminated was the work of Prof. Rina entitled “Regional Competitiveness: Concepts, Research, and Policy”.

To build up the competitiveness of the region, one of the things proposed Prof. Rina is to build connectivity of central government with local government. In addition, it is also necessary to build interdependence between the municipalities with the county government; policies need to go hand in hand.

One example is between the City and County of Bogor, in which both these areas can grow in parallel. Prof. Rina also highlights that this does not happen in the City and County of Bandung.

“We are related but not intimate. Supposedly, the city of Bandung can broaden the base of interdependence linkages to Bandung regency, “said Prof. Rina.

Meanwhile, Rector, Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad, said that one of the challenges that occur in relation to regional competitiveness today is the disparity that occurs in different regions. “If we take a look at West Java, disparity was also visible,” said Rector.

In her book, Prof. Rina placed the competitiveness of the region into three pillars, namely the efficient management of factors of production/productive, process quality and output, as well as the outcomes and effectiveness of policy. Thus, according to regional competitiveness it is not only in terms of increased production or the increase of economic growth and business.

“It was the sustainability, illustrated through the process. For example, whether there is innovation, whether the results of research invaded and commercialized, and how its human capital, “said Prof. Rina.

Furthermore, it was the outcome, which can be seen from the level of poverty, inequality, local government policy, and the minimum wage policy.

Prof. Rina explained that the definition of regional competitiveness is in which every stakeholder has the ability to create advancement. “The advantages of becoming the target of increasing the competitive power,” he said.

During the event, Rector stated that to increase regional competitiveness did not only dwell at regional aspect, but it must be synergized for the betterment of Indonesia on the world stage. Talking about the competitiveness of the region also cannot be separated from the global economy.

“Basically, if all regions have the adequate power, we can bring this nation to the world stage,” said Rector.

Rector also explained that in order to face the challenges that exist in the area, including the necessary transformative education of college, where various activities in universities to integrate with existing conditions in the area. *

Region Competitiveness Development Strategy by Prof. Rina Indiastuti

Reported by Artanti Hendriyana / eh



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