National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro has said that the government is committed to creating new centers of economic growth outside Java in its effort to reducing economic disparities between Java and other regions.

Bambang, who is also head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), pointed out that 60 percent of the country’s economy was based in Java, 20 percent in Sumatra and the remaining 20 percent in other regions.

“Therefore, we have to create new centers of growth outside Java,” the minister said in Jakarta on Tuesday, as quoted by He made the statement at a press conference on the Indonesian Development Forum (IDF), which Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan also attended.

(Read More: The Jakarta Post)