Ministry asks KPK to supervise national economic recovery program

first_imgRead also: Government issues regulation on economic recovery program, focuses on SOEs, MSMEs“The minister explained the progress of each scheme, including the ones related to working capital assistance and state capital participation,” KPK spokesperson Ipi Maryati said in a statement on Wednesday.Erick asked the KPK to supervise every step of the program. He also asked for the antigraft body’s insight into formulating regulations and the program’s design and mechanism.Furthermore, Erick urged the KPK to evaluate the program immediately once it has started. The State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry is urging the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to closely monitor the national economic recovery program, especially the distribution of funds for cooperatives as well as micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).During a meeting on Wednesday, SOE Minister Erick Thohir updated the antigraft body’s commissioners on the program’s design and mechanism, which was still being formulated by the government.According to the latest draft, the government will carry out efforts to support the recovery of the virus-battered economy through capital injections and cash stimuli for certain banks, among other measures. The program will also regulate government investments, state guarantees and spending. Of the total Rp 318 trillion (US$21 billion) earmarked for the program, the government allocated almost half of it – Rp 152 trillion – for SOEs to use as working capital and accelerated compensation payments.Meanwhile, the government will support MSMEs with Rp 6 trillion worth of new loan guarantees, Rp 28 trillion in tax incentives and Rp 34 trillion in loan interest subsidies. Another, Rp 34 trillion has been allocated for corporate tax incentives.Read also: State banks to disburse $6.32b in loans to help businesses recover from COVID-19 hitThe antigraft body welcomed Erick’s request. “The KPK sees the minister’s request as an effort to strengthen coordination with relevant ministries in preventing corruption.”The meeting between Erick and the KPK took place days after the minister suggested that corrupt practices were still rampant in SOEs. Erick previously claimed he had identified at least 53 graft cases involving officials holding dual roles in SOEs as well as other institutions.Responding to Erick’s claim, KPK commissioner Nawawi Pomolango urged the minister to report them to the antigraft body to be investigated.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Recognizes Recipients of 2016 Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence

first_img April 13, 2016 Governor Wolf Recognizes Recipients of 2016 Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today recognized municipalities and local government officials for their dedication and commitment to strengthen their communities and better serve their residents.“Today’s event highlights just some of the local initiatives that are producing successful results across the state,” Governor Wolf said. “Each exemplifies the great achievements of local governments that work to provide opportunities to collaborate and develop localized best practices.”Eight government officials and nine communities from across the commonwealth received awards honoring their service today as part of the 20th Annual Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence.DCED’s Center for Local Government Services sponsors Local Government Day annually to honor local governments and officials who serve their communities and improve quality of life. Live tweets will be available throughout the ceremony at #PALocalGovDay.The following local government officials were recognized for their dedication to public service and their communities:The Honorable Anthony Bellitto, Jr., Executive Director, North Penn Water Authority, Montgomery CountyThe Honorable Kim Bracey, Mayor, York City, York CountyThe Honorable Edward Child, Council President, Trumbauersville Borough, Bucks CountyThe Honorable Ronald Faull, Township Supervisor, Liberty Township, Mercer CountyThe Honorable Kent Gardner, Treasurer, Lancaster Inter-Municipal CommitteeThe Honorable Darlene Heller, AICP, Planning Director, Bethlehem City, Lehigh CountyThe Honorable Basil Huffman, County Commissioner, Forest County CommissionersThe Honorable J. Andrew Sharkey, Commissioner, Cheltenham Township, Montgomery CountyThe following municipalities, organizations, and counties were recognized:Building Community Partnership: Demonstrating it was instrumental in fostering partnerships between both public and private stakeholders within the community.Schuylkill CountySchuylkill County developed a Youth Summit to help address the outmigration of youth from the county. The Youth Summit brings together students from every high school throughout the county to participate in local decision making, as well as identifying action steps in response to immediate issues and concerns.Responding to Adversity: Exemplify the localized response to an event that resulted in the overall deterioration in demographic or environmental conditions that affected the viability of the municipality.Lower Allen Township, Cumberland CountyLower Allen Township, Cumberland County in conjunction with Upper Allen Township, worked in unison to address the presence of an underground stream that results in recurrent flooding over a portion of Gettysburg Road causing adverse economic impacts that extended beyond the municipal border. As a result of the collaboration, an inter-municipal agreement for the creation of a shared Transportation Development District was created to address planning and funding.Promoting Community/Economic Revitalization: Direct involvement in efforts that revitalize a designated residential, commercial, and/or industrial area or property, and/or alleviates blight and deterioration and returns properties to their most productive use.Newport Borough, Perry CountyNewport Borough, Perry County in preparation for the borough’s 175th anniversary celebration envisioned and implemented a series of revitalization initiatives, resulting in the creation of attractive outdoor spaces, including the Newport Heritage Park, which can be enjoyed for many years to come. Much of the associated project costs were covered by a massive fundraising effort facilitated by Newport Borough, local nonprofits, volunteers, and members of the community.Innovative Community/Governmental Initiatives: Instituted an innovative approach to carry out its community and/or governmental function that resulted in cost savings, increased productivity, improved risk management and/or overall service delivery efficiencies/economies of scale.Pittsburgh, Allegheny CountyThe City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County developed the “Talent City” hiring system to attract top regional and national talent to fill key leadership positions within the mayoral administration, as well as appointments on various boards, authorities, and commissions. The initiative was fully funded by contributions from local foundations, and is largely managed by a 10-member, bipartisan Oversight Committee representative of the local community.Fiscal Accountability and Best Management Practices: Instituted a process, policy and/or procedure that enhanced its fiscal accountability and utilization of resources and assets, and which can serve as a model for other local governments to use as a best management practice. Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne CountyWilkes-Barre, Luzerne County implemented a series of cost-saving energy conservation measures saving the city an estimated $250,000 per year. Project measures implemented across the city include LED street lights, low-flow water features, demand control ventilation, and solar photovoltaic system to convert sunlight into electricity.Innovative Planning and Sound Land Use Practices:Instituted an innovative approach to planning principles, sound land use and/or utilization of renewable energy sources.Clymer Borough, Indiana CountyClymer Borough, Indiana County through the development and enactment of their form-based zoning codes, developed land use strategies, policies, and regulations that respect and preserve the community’s history and culture while encouraging orderly growth and development.Intergovernmental Cooperation: Engaged in an intergovernmental cooperative agreement/arrangement in which the service, function and/or activity involves two or more governmental units.Centre Region Parks and Recreation AgencyCentre Region Parks and Recreation Agency has demonstrated its commitment to building working partnerships by collaborating with State College Borough along with College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton Townships. As a result of the intergovernmental cooperation arrangements, the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Agency now operates 47 municipal parks, as well as two new regional parks and two community swimming pools, spanning a total of 915 acres.Information Technology: Demonstrate that it is currently using new information technology as an innovative tool to foster greater public access to local government and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the entity.South Fayette Township, Allegheny CountySouth Fayette Township, Allegheny County in one years’ time developed a website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages to engage thousands of community members and stakeholders with direct access to information. Added engagement is offered through customized, automatic e-mail and text message notifications relating to topics such as police news, recreation events, emergency alerts, and road closures,Health and Wellness Initiatives: Direct involvement in efforts to provide health and wellness benefits to a community.Tatamy Borough, Northampton CountyTatamy Borough, Northampton County is the first community to receive this award. In partnership with various educational, religious, commercial, and other organizations, Tatamy Borough established a community garden to grow fresh produce for families in need.  Produce harvested from the half-acre garden is donated to local food banks, soup kitchens, and summer lunch programs for students in Northampton County.For more information on the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Governor’s Center for Local Government Services visit www.newPA.com or call 1-866-466-3972. # # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Koeman hints at different approach from Barca after friendly win

first_imgFC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman on Saturday said his side could play a different style of football to which the club’s fans are used to this season.His comments came after his side earned an underwhelming 3-1 win over Gimnastic de Tarragona in a pre-season friendly on Saturday. The Dutchman lined up with a 4-2-3-1 system with two holding midfielders, a shape rarely used by Barca coaches in the past.He started Sergio Busquets and Carles Alena in the middle in the first half and then Frenkie de Jong and Riqui Puig, as he changed his entire team after half-time.“It’s perhaps a little different and more defensive to what we have seen in the last few years,” Koeman told the club’s official television channel.“But the aim is to move the ball, hold on to it and create space to play between the lines, behind the opponents’ midfielders.“I think this team is capable of doing this because we have midfielders who are able to play in that way.” Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring for Barca, while Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho scored from the penalty kick spot in either half.It was Koeman’s first game since quitting his role with the Netherlands to coach the Catalans.The coach played close to a full-strength team in the first half.He started Lionel Messi, even though the captain had only started training on Monday after ending his stand-off with the club following his request to leave on a free transfer.Barca play Girona next Wednesday in another friendly and are in talks to face Elche in a final pre-season match before beginning their campaign at home to Villarreal on September 27. This will be coming two weeks after the official start of the La Liga campaign.“It was important for those players to play now because this is not a normal pre-season, we only have four weeks together, not six and it’s very difficult,” Koeman added.“What we want to do right now is focus on our fitness and then over the next two weeks focus on more tactical questions.“The most important thing today is that fortunately there were no injuries and everyone was able to play 45 minutes.RelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms UEFA Nations League: Barella sinks Holland as Italy get back on winning trail Bergwijn scores winner as Netherlands edge Poland “We showed good levels of intensity in spells, and although there are things we can improve in we are happy.“We’ve only been working together for two weeks and now we have two more.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Carles AlenaFrenkie De JongGimnastic de Tarragonaronald koemanlast_img read more