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INSIGHT: Indonesia's future depends on its investments now

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 27, 2017   /  08:15 am
INSIGHT: Indonesia's future depends on its investments now A view of Bundaran Hotel Indonesia, Central Jakarta. (Shutterstock/Andreas H)

Since the democratic transition in the late 1990s, Indonesia has overcome many challenges to become one of the world’s most promising countries. The world’s fourth-largest nation is the biggest economy in ASEAN, and now part of the G20. In the last decade, Indonesia has reduced poverty by more than 50 percent — an extraordinary accomplishment for any country. 

Now, Indonesia aspires to become a high-income country. It has all the right elements, but the clock is ticking. It needs to reach high-income status before the working age population, relative to the rest of the population, starts to shrink by 2030. 

How can Indonesia prosper before it gets old? Over the next 15 years, the country needs to grow by around 8 percent to 9 percent annually, an extremely high rate of economic growth. To get there, Indonesia needs to invest much ...

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