Commentary

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani on Indonesia’s development challenges and strategies

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani on Indonesia’s development challenges and strategies

April 24, 2019 By Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Demographic change and the middle-Income trap Indonesia is undergoing a demographic transition. The portion of Indonesia’s productive age is increasing while the dependency ratio continues to decline and is expected to experience a peak demographic bonus in 2030. The population structure is projected to be dominated by the productive age, living in urban areas and […]

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Indonesia Votes 2019: President Jokowi set to win second term

Indonesia Votes 2019: President Jokowi set to win second term

April 18, 2019 By Kevin Evans

President Joko Widodo looks set to win a second term after quick count results point to an 8-10 point victory over his challenger Prabowo Subianto. The first point of note is that all of the respected polls indicate that the President has been returned with a slight increase in support. Across the regions, results vary. […]

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Indonesia votes 2019: The last shout

Indonesia votes 2019: The last shout

April 15, 2019 By Kevin Evans

This final debate saw both presidential and vice-presidential candidates cover matters related to the economy, social welfare, finance and investment, and trade and industry. The format provided an opportunity for both sides to press home key themes of their campaign and to take final digs at perceived weaknesses of the other side. Opening statements Jokowi […]

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Indonesia votes 2019: Election rituals

Indonesia votes 2019: Election rituals

April 10, 2019 By Kevin Evans

Every nation develops its own special election rituals. In Australia there is the almost church-like reverence as votes are counted in schoolrooms across the nation with eagle-eyed party scrutineers watching carefully to ensure their candidates do not lose a vote. Over the past couple of decades there has also been Antony Green’s cheerful face on […]

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Indonesia votes 2019: Fourth debate pits Jokowi the Optimist against Prabowo the Nostalgic

Indonesia votes 2019: Fourth debate pits Jokowi the Optimist against Prabowo the Nostalgic

April 1, 2019 By Kevin Evans and Dwi Yuliantoro

The themes for this fourth and second-last debate were national ideology, governance, defence and security, and foreign policy. The debate, on 30 March, featured only the two presidential candidates. National ideology Candidates were asked how they would affirm the national philosophy of Pancasila without resorting to indoctrination.* Prabowo began by noting that Pancasila was the […]

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Indonesia votes 2019: Vice-presidential hopefuls play a straight bat in third debate

Indonesia votes 2019: Vice-presidential hopefuls play a straight bat in third debate

March 20, 2019 By Kevin Evans

It is now one month to polling day! The debate between the vice-presidential candidates was conducted on Sunday 17 March. The debate featured KH Ma’ruf Amin, the 76-year-old running mate of incumbent President Joko Widodo, and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno the youthful 49-year-old running mate of challenger Prabowo Subianto. Other differences between the two candidates are […]

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Asleep at the wheel? Australian economic engagement with Indonesia

Asleep at the wheel? Australian economic engagement with Indonesia

March 14, 2019 By Andrew Parker

This is an excerpt from Andrew Parker’s address at the Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria in Melbourne on 12 March 2019. I would like to start out by providing some perspectives on the opportunities and the risks for Australia and Indonesia. I will then talk a bit about Indonesia and our economic relationship and […]

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The time is now, but patience needed for Australian education in Indonesia

The time is now, but patience needed for Australian education in Indonesia

March 12, 2019 By Dr Eugene Sebastian

Now that the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) is signed, Australia’s training sector has an opportunity to build on a small base. Indonesia’s young and expanding population, its geographic proximity and its steady economic trajectory towards the top 10 global economies by 2030 make it a key market for Australia. Indonesia’s need for education […]

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Indonesia Votes 2019: The second debate – of flying unicorns and bio-fueled isolationism

Indonesia Votes 2019: The second debate – of flying unicorns and bio-fueled isolationism

February 19, 2019 By Kevin Evans

  The second presidential debate was held on Sunday night (17 February) featuring just the two presidential candidates, President Jokowi and Prabowo Subianto. The themes of the debate included infrastructure, energy, natural resources, basic foodstuffs, and environment. Unlike the first debate, which was quite “narrated” by the moderators, this time the questions were unknown to […]

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Four key trends and milestones to watch in Indonesia’s economy in 2019

Four key trends and milestones to watch in Indonesia’s economy in 2019

February 18, 2019 By Mohammad Faisal

Despite some external pressures resulting from the US – China trade war, declining commodity prices and weakening demand in the global market, the outlook for the Indonesia’s economy in 2019 remains positive. After growing at approximately 5.1 percent last year, the world’s sixteenth largest economy is estimated to continue to grow at 5.1 percent this […]

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