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Go-Jek founder Nadiem Makarim receives Asian of the Year award

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, December 7, 2016 | 05:58 pm
Go-Jek founder Nadiem Makarim receives Asian of the Year award

Go-Jek founder and CEO Nadiem Makarim says the Asian of the Year award came as the company focuses on increasing the welfare of the informal sector. (kompas.com/Oik Yusuf)

Founder and CEO of online transportation app Go-Jek, Nadiem Makarim, has received the Asian of the Year award from Singapore-based newspaper The Straits Times.

As reported by kompas.com, Nadiem is said to be the first Indonesian to be recognized with the award since it was established in 2012.

Nadiem says the award came as the company focuses on increasing the welfare of the informal sector. At the same time, it can help provide a livelihood for Indonesians by changing the traditional business market and model.

(Read also: Innovating ideas to revolutionize '€˜ojek'€™)

"Me and the Go-Jek team are committed and our focus has received recognition from the world through this award," said Nadiem on Tuesday, adding that the award would also motivate the company to keep innovating to help increase the welfare of its more than 250,000 two-wheel and four-wheel vehicle driver partners, 3000 service providers and 35,000 Go-Food merchants.

The Asian of the Year award is given to an individual or group that has significantly contributed to increasing the welfare of people in their countries or Asia at large. Some previous recipients include the founder of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar President Thein Sein. (fmn/kes)

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