Chairman of the Communication Forum for the East Java Entrepreneurs Association (Forkas), Edy Widjanarko, said that the government-issued ban on going home resulted in many people holding back spending during the Lebaran 2021 momentum, as a result it could disrupt economic growth targets.
"Household expenditure did not experience a significant increase in the lead-up to Eid due to the policy of prohibiting homecoming. As a result of the ban, people also held back shopping," said Edy.
He gave an example that sales of shoes and garments could not increase. So that Eid cannot be expected to be an activity capable of boosting economic performance in 2021.
He said the national economic growth target which was set at 4.5 percent to 5.5 percent in 2021 was very difficult, even Edy was pessimistic that this target could be achieved.
"Our hope is that in the first quarter of 2021, the economy can grow by 1 percent to 2 percent. It turns out that the growth is still minus around 1 percent. This figure is much lower than our prediction, so the target of economic growth in 2021 of 5 percent will be very difficult. "he said
Another factor that causes the economic growth target for 2021 to be weighed down is the delay in the implementation of government projects. As a result, several projects that were planned to be implemented had to be postponed because they were considered not included in vital projects.
Then, the Regional Government Budget (APBD) which reached Rp. 182 trillion is still not maximally disbursed, and until now, the regional government has not spent it except for personnel salary expenditure alone.
"In fact, most of these funds are still stored in regional banks so that they cannot move the regional economy," he said.
He hopes that the regional government will immediately spend the funds in order to leverage the economy in the related regions.
"Mr. Jokowi yesterday was very disappointed that such large funds were still stored in regional banks, on the other hand, the COVID-19 pandemic in the world was not yet under control. The existence of the COVID-19 tsunami in India was a new threat to the world, including the economic sector. Moreover, a new variant. The corona virus B.1.617 in India has also been found in Indonesia, "he said.
Therefore, the entrepreneurs who are members of Forkas hope that the government will continue to work hard to complete the provision of vaccines nationally.
"Hopefully 1 million vaccines per day starting in June can be carried out well so that this new type of covid variant can be prevented from spreading," he said.