Yogyakarta (13/9) – Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) through the International Program of Government Affairs and Administration (IGOV) held a group discussion forum on the topic of Government Development and Digital Economy to Realize Village SDGs at Alana Malioboro, Tuesday (13/9/2022). Sub-districts in Sleman, Bantul, and Kulonprogo participated in this activity which also involved the Ministry of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration.
Dr. Supriadi, Director of Investment Services for Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration at the Ministry of Villages for Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration, said that his party appreciated UMY’s active steps in helping government programs to develop villages. According to him, collaboration must be carried out because the government cannot immediately move alone without the help of other parties.
“This is a good collaboration with UMY that what we do is followed up by both the campus and the community. We both have roles and functions as well as advantages and authority. The Ministry of Village has policies, and universities like UMY have technology and research. Going forward, we encourage collaborative programs between the Ministry of Villages, Villages, Local Governments, Universities, and the Private Sector. A good synergy can emerge and it is hoped that it will bring benefits to the village,” he said.
In the discussion, according to Supriadi, several things emerged which were underlined, especially in the development of Village-Owned Enterprises (BUMDes), which so far are still constrained. There needs to be commitment and partisanship from the village head whose hope can emerge soon after various deliberations like today
“Commitment and partisanship are discussions to develop BUMDes as well as human resource development. This is the subject of discussion and continues to be maximized. For example, the alignment of the village head gives BUMDes the flexibility to professionally manage the scale of the economic zone. Commitment is also how to use village funds for BUMDes. Through this village meeting, this commitment emerged from the village apparatus,” he continued.
On the other hand, BUMDes are asked to be more creative in finding potential as well as forming an industry that can support the village. According to Supriadi, regarding managed land, it is not a problem because BUMDes do not necessarily become the owner.
“The land rights remain from the village or the sultanate but the right to manage it lies with the BUMDes. This is not a problem. For example, planting vegetables, chicken coops, and so on, there is a period and not long. The most important thing is innovation and creativity. There is industrialization, the development of natural resources, whether tourism villages or commodities and creative and creative activities with digitalization as well as human resources,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Director of the UMY IGOV Program, Sakir Ridho Wijaya, added that the discussion forum activity involving village heads in DIY was UMY’s real effort to participate in unraveling the problems that occurred. It is hoped that the collaboration with the campus can have a positive impact on village management for the prosperity of the community.
“We collaborate with researchers from the UMY Government Science study program according to the needs of our partners, in this case, the village. We are helping to establish BUMDes, MSMEs, and even tourist villages in the sub-districts,” he said.