Indonesia leads vital social and health development initiatives in ASEAN 2023, striving to enhance the quality of life throughout the region.
Focused on improving education and health infrastructure in remote areas, Indonesia proposes programs like the Healthy Indonesia Card and the Smart Indonesia Program.
The nation also plans to construct 100 health centres and schools across ASEAN countries by 2025.
These efforts have shown positive results, with Indonesia’s poverty rate declining and Human Development Index increasing.
However, challenges persist, including development disparities, the COVID-19 pandemic, limited budgets, issues with government social aid, and coordination among ASEAN countries.
To address these challenges, Indonesia aims to accommodate member countries’ interests, strengthen COVID-19 response, optimise budget allocations, improve social assistance targeting, and enhance regional coordination.