President Joko Widodo or Jokowi successfully held a meeting to discuss national financial inclusion a few days ago at Istana Negara. During the meeting, Jokowi highlighted Indonesia’s financial inclusion index which is considered low compared to neighboring countries. Furthermore, Jokowi underlined the importance of formal financial services access for all levels of society.
Therefore, since last year, the Financial Services Authority (OJK) in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank initiated a program called Indonesia’s Financial Inclusion Ambassador to involve youth in increasing financial literacy and inclusion in Indonesian. There are 28 students from 10 universities were elected as Indonesia’s Financial Inclusion Ambassadors after they passed selection phases, including President University students from International Relations study program batch 2017, La Ode Rifaldi Nedan Prakasa and Freshilla Elisabeth Mangasi.
The selected ambassadors participated in a training sessions for three months started from November 2019 to January 2020 and were inaugurated on 1 February 2020 at National Library Auditorium. In the opening remark, Puji Iman Siagian, Sub Division Head at Financial Services Authority stated that President Joko Widodo has a new goal to increase the Financial Inclusion Index by 90% in 2024 and the ambassador’s projects are part of national financial inclusion strategy to achieve the goal.
In line with Puji, the Manager at the National Council for Financial Inclusion’s Secretariat (DNKI) Aisyah Novanarima revealed, “The Secretariat of National Council for Financial Inclusion has actually planned many projects for enhancing financial inclusion and the project initiated by the ambassador will contribute to complete the plan.”
In this inauguration event, La Ode and Freshilla got a chance to present their advocacy and training project in President University. The first project is “Presunivers Cerdas Keuangan”, an advocacy project which aims to raise the awareness of students about the importance of financial planning and consumer protection.
The second project is Financial Planning and Investment Training in collaboration with financial experts which aims to accommodate students with in-depth understanding of financial literacy and inclusion.
“Firstly, our project targeting youth at university and our advocacy project aims to raise the awareness of the importance of financial inclusion to President University students. After students realized the importance of financial inclusion, then we are going to provide a training program for them,” said La Ode.
In addition, La Ode and Freshilla encourage all President University students to involve with their projects and hope President University can lead the financial inclusion in the university level.