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Jokowi’s Indonesia: A new sheriff in town

Jokowi’s Indonesia: A new sheriff in town

December 19, 2014 By James Castle

Indonesia is closing the books on 2014 facing significant economic headwinds but also experiencing some genuine optimism that freshly-elected President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is making real progress safeguarding the budget, pushing administrative reforms badly needed to boost growth and reduce corruption and even consolidating his position in the badly-fragmented national legislature. From the November fuel […]

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Indonesia’s New Ministers: what people are saying

Indonesia’s New Ministers: what people are saying

October 26, 2014

Ministers in the newly-announced Indonesian cabinet will face not only the challenge of managing their portfolios; they will also have to face Indonesian civil society and media which are now highly empowered and have found many channels to voice their opinions and demands. Here, you will be able to read a selection of what people […]

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The AIC congratulates all new ministers

The AIC congratulates all new ministers

October 24, 2014 By Paul Ramadge

The Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC) congratulates all new ministers in President Joko Widodo’s first administration. We wish them well as they use their individual and collective wisdom to guide Indonesia towards growth, prosperity and equality. The lineup of experience is impressive. Of special note is the appointment of Ibu Retno Marsudi as the first female Foreign […]

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Paul Ramadge’s speech at Ari Sharp’s ‘Risky Business’ book launch

Paul Ramadge’s speech at Ari Sharp’s ‘Risky Business’ book launch

September 30, 2014 By Paul Ramadge

The book is a reminder that contemporary Indonesia is full of paradoxes, sometimes moving painfully slowly, at other times moving with almost terrifying speed. Some Indonesian entrepreneurs – the ones who build cities – like saying “We build the boat while we sail” Selamat malam. It is an honour to be invited to speak tonight. […]

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Consolidation of Capital the Key for Jokowi’s Government

Consolidation of Capital the Key for Jokowi’s Government

September 12, 2014 By Professor Greg Barton

That Jokowi is a good man is not in dispute.  Even his rival Prabowo does not contest this point.  The question is whether Jokowi will be a good president. As it was with his predecessor this turns on two axis: his personal capacity for top-level leadership and the composition of his cabinet team.  The first […]

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Indonesia through the eyes of ABC correspondent Helen Brown

Indonesia through the eyes of ABC correspondent Helen Brown

July 2, 2014 By Helen Brown

Jakarta is a city that knocks you around in the first year. If you survive that,  use what you have learnt in year two, then invariably, Indonesia becomes the country that you can’t let go of. When I arrived in Jakarta in late 2010 for my posting in the ABC bureau as the Australia Network […]

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Let’s Try Harder To Build Trust With Indonesia

Let’s Try Harder To Build Trust With Indonesia

May 30, 2014 By Donald Greenlees

At a conference on people-smuggling in Jakarta in mid-February, retired lieutenant general and former trade minister Luhut Panjaitan suggested Australia needed to reclaim “trust” if it wanted to ­rebuild relations with Indonesia. Not surprisingly, Panjaitan, a veteran of the invasion of East Timor, reminded the small audience of the loss of trust Indonesians felt over […]

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Indonesia: A Golden Opportunity On Our Doorstep

Indonesia: A Golden Opportunity On Our Doorstep

May 29, 2014 By Harold Mitchell AC

It wasn’t that long ago that the world was mesmerised by the rise of Japan. I remember well the repercussions in the United States and elsewhere over Japan’s state-directed capitalism. Japan was, in the 1980s, the market to emulate. The Japanese had just-in-time management. Employees were loyal and highly productive. Japanese business models spread internationally […]

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