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Jakarta Post

Striking the right regulatory balance

  • Viktor Fanggidae


Jakarta   /   Fri, August 31, 2018   /  02:03 pm
Striking the right regulatory balance An aerial view of the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle. (JP/PJ Leo)

The nation was recently gripped by the highly anticipated announcement of the presidential candidates’ running mates for the upcoming election. Regardless of the election’s result, the herculean task that faces both camps is certainly regulatory reform, an item that always tops the priority agenda of any presidential candidate.

In June, The Economist published the article, “Why Indonesia is so bad at lawmaking”, which highlighted a number of newly issued, ambiguous laws that only added to Indonesia’s legal jungle. 

The article noted that a lack of expertise, corruption and a political culture of consensus were the factors frequently blamed for the poor quality of laws and regulations. So where does Indonesia currently stand as regards regulatory reform?

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