Bisnis.com reports that the proposed ceiling for the budget of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in the 2011 State Budget is set at Rp. 2.055 trillion (US218.6 million), an increase over the current year's budget by 27.22%
Commission X of the Nation House of Representatives (DPR) and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism are jointly proposing the higher allocation in next year's budget.
The Ministry has adopted 8 main programs for 2011 and beyond including the developments in the areas of culture, the arts, film, historical preservation and museum development. Tourism projects will focus on destination and market development.
The proposed budget will also seek to improve the working synergy of the Ministry by enhancing accountability, the improvement of management systems and a better standard of infrastructure support for the Ministry.
The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, recently announced that the State Audit Board has given "validation with exceptions" for the Ministry's bookkeeping for 2009. This is an improvement in financial accountability for the Ministry for which in the two previous years the State Audit Board refused an opinion (disclaimer).
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