Building Indonesia’s new capital: good governance key to success (video)

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s announcement last August that a new capital will be built in East Kalimantan has been widely met with scepticism. While warranted, some of the project’s potential upsides are being overlooked by both outsiders and the government. Given the threat climate change poses to keeping Jakarta’s head above water, the case for building a […]

Bold actions needed to revitalise Indonesian economy

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Bold actions needed to revitalise Indonesian economy

In the late 1990s the Indonesian economy was in the midst of one of the deepest economic crises in recent global history. The 32-year authoritarian rule of former president Suharto had ended ingloriously, with no political roadmap for succession. There were various ‘Yugoslav’ scenarios of territorial disintegration. There were also ominous ethnic disputes, generating a […]

Hobbled Indonesian corruption busters show Jokowi is no corruption buster

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Hobbled Indonesian corruption busters show Jokowi is no corruption buster

After he won re-election last April, Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo was eager to emphasise the liberating effects of not having to worry about re-election. In his second and final term, the President told the Associated Press (AP) he wouldn’t face the same ‘political burden[s]’ he had in his first. While those words might have […]

Indonesia’s Blue Economy In Need of Good Governance

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Indonesia’s Blue Economy In Need of Good Governance

The ‘blue economy’ concept — a model of sustainable development concerned with the use of the coastal and marine ecosystem — gained prominence in Indonesia as one of the main components of President Joko (Jokowi) Widodo’s Global Maritime Fulcrum vision. Jokowi’s maritime policy aims to reinvigorate Indonesia’s maritime identity, manage the country’s marine resources, strengthen its maritime […]

Jokowi’s ‘Developmentalism’ to See IA-CEPA FTA Fall Short

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Jokowi’s ‘Developmentalism’ to See IA-CEPA FTA Fall Short

Despite the warmth between Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull following their February 2017 meeting in Canberra, hopes that the Indonesia–Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership (IA-CEPA) will achieve a high quality ‘21st century partnership’ should be treated with caution. Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are generally evaluated differently by their respective countries. […]

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 […]

Indonesia Tax Amnesty Programme to Fund Infrastructure Boom

Indonesia Tax Amnesty Programme to Fund Infrastructure Boom

A little more than one month after implementation it remains to be seen if the Indonesia tax amnesty programme implemented by the government will meet its goals, with just 0.6 per cent of the target goal having been realised. While some early signs are encouraging, there are fears that the Indonesia tax amnesty programme will […]

Indonesia’s bid to seduce foreign investors: big bang or small pop?

Indonesia’s bid to seduce foreign investors: big bang or small pop?

The first Indonesian president propelled to office not by dint of dynastic heritage or the number of gold stars on his epaulettes, former property/furniture businessman Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo, vowed on the eve of his 2014 election to kick-start Indonesia economic growth and hasten the pace of business reforms. Two years later, accused by critics of […]