President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said the Indonesian people should be thankful of the state's record as one of the countries with the highest economic growth in Asia despite affected by the global economic slowdown.

“Indonesia’s economy in Q1 2016 grew 4.92 percent. In Q2 2016, the national economic growth climbed 5.18 percent,” said Jokowi at the speech of 71st Indonesia Independence Day celebration in Parliament Building, Senayan-Jakarta on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

He said the state’s economic growth was above the world and developing countries’ average economic growth.

The president says that 2016 is the Year of National Development Acceleration following the development of infrastructure across the country; particularly in villages, suburbs, and border areas in order to strengthen national connectivity.

“Armed with the achievement of fundamental economic transformation, entering the second year, the government intends to accelerate the development,” said Jokowi.

The Joint Session between the National Parliament and Local Parliament led by Parliament Chairman Ade Komaruddin was attended by leaders of state institutions including the chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly Zulkifli Hasan and the House of Representative chairman Irman Gusman.