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BUMDes as Main Driver for Village Development in Jambi

Monday, Feb 5, 2018 Author: Asmorowati

 Tiang Berajo villagers discussed the 2018 village priorities deliberatively in a meeting on July 20, 2017 (Photo by: Asmorowati).
Tiang Berajo villagers discussed the 2018 village priorities deliberatively in a meeting on July 20, 2017 (Photo:Asmorowati).

Batanghari. In line with the Village Funds’ utilization priorities by the Ministry of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration (Kemendesa), Batanghari District in Jambi Province has been enthustiatically developing their village economy through the establishment of Village Enterprises (Badan Usaha Milik Desa, BUMDes). To date, 40 BUMDes have been established in the district, and are expected to operate by 2018.

“We set to establish BUMDes in all 110 villages by this year, and capital provision in the following year,” said Fadhil Erief, the Head of the Department for Village Community Empowerment in Batanghari.

The establishment of BUMDes becomes a priority in many villages, including Tiang Berajo Village in Mersam Subdistrict. Established in September 2017, Tiang Berajo BUMDes will be funded by the 2018 Village Fund as agreed in the 2018 village workplan drafting meeting (Musyawarah Penyusunan Rencana Kerja Pemerintah Desa 2018) in July 2017. The capital provision was even made the top village development priority, surpassing bridges and roads construction.

However, the BUMDes establishment in Tiang Berajo is still in its intial stage and the line of business is not yet determined, as with most BUMDes in Batanghari District. As the followup, Tiang Berajo Village Government has initiated the recruitment process of the BUMDes’s management team, who will be responsible for the business line and development plan.

M. Haramen, Jambi Provincial Government’s Expert Staff on Village Financial Management and Local Economic Development (Tenaga Ahli Pengelolaan Keuangan Desa dan Pengembangan Ekonomi Lokal), said the stages in BUMDes establishment aim to facilitate villages as they may have difficulties in creating business plan or recruiting competent management team, leading to the urgency of routine facilitation to develop BUMDes.

 

Note: The names of village has been altered to maintain confidentiality.