Better governance needed for Indonesia’s COVID-19 job stimulus programme

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Better governance needed for Indonesia’s COVID-19 job stimulus programme

COVID-19 is a wake-up call for the world. The pandemic has brought some of the worst economic impacts since World War II. While some Eastern countries seem much better prepared than their Western peers in terms of handling infections, testing ,and mitigating the pandemic’s economic impacts, the poorest countries will be hit hardest. As of […]

Indonesia’s Overly Ambitious Tax Target

Indonesia’s Overly Ambitious Tax Target

Once again Indonesia President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has reshuffled his cabinet. One pleasant surprise is the return of Ms Mulyani Indrawati, who until recently was managing director and chief operating officer of the World Bank. She accepted the offer to serve as the Minister of Finance, replacing Bambang Brodjonegoro who now leads the Ministry of […]

Can Jokowi Move Indonesia Beyond Protectionism?

Can Jokowi Move Indonesia Beyond Protectionism?

Put in a comparative historical perspective Indonesia’s economic growth performance has been relatively strong. Yet the recent slowdown in growth is a cause for concern. According to official figures the Indonesian economy grew by only  4.73 per cent in 2015, missing its 2015 GDP forecast of 5.7 per cent. This year Indonesian gross domestic product […]