SIMBARA promotes transparency in resource management: Minister
Jakarta (ANTARA) – The existence of the Inter-Ministerial/Institutional Minerals and Coal Information System (SIMBARA) will encourage transparency in the management of natural resources, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.
“This is very important. Transparency continues to be developed by the Ministry of Finance,” Indrawati noted at SIMBARA’s launch event here on Tuesday.
With this, the wealth of the state will be used for development programs beneficial to the people, the minister remarked.
SIMBARA is one of the results of synergy between various ministries or institutions in integrating mineral and coal management data using digital development, Indrawati said.
The five pillars of natural resource management – document, money, transport service, people and goods – are integrated through the adoption of digital technology in the form of SIMBARA.
Moreover, the integration of business processes with data between departments or institutions should have been easier in the era of digitalization.
Moreover, it has become the key to improving governance, strengthening oversight and improving services for the business world.
“This is because the business community can receive assurance from ministries or institutions and the same information. This form of transparency and accountability is important,” the minister remarked.
To this end, the whole natural resources business process should be geared towards easier and better services by prioritizing the accountability of the whole process.
In this case, SIMBARA is a system to achieve the integration of documents of economic actors and ministries or institutions as well as to synchronize information between the report and the flow of money.
“Transactions and documents for the transportation of goods should also show consistency of information and be materialized from the flow of money,” Mulyani said.
From this, the relationships between trade actors with the goods and the physical examination of documents between departments or institutions can be traced without creating a complicated trade process.
“It is important that ministries or institutions can compare and verify the veracity or accuracy of information,” the minister stressed.
SIMBARA can also reduce the risk of governance violations, such as smuggling, under-invoicing and tax evasion that may occur as the price of minerals and coal rises, she pointed out.
“It has become one of the real reasons why we increasingly need to organize ourselves between ministries or institutions,” she noted.
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