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Jokowi’s new priority: Improving governance

  • Winarno Zain
    Winarno Zain

    Commissioner in a publicly listed oil and gas service company

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 15, 2019   /  10:35 am
Jokowi’s new priority: Improving governance President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (The Jakarta Post/Wienda Parwitasari)

As President Joko ”Jokowi” Widodo prepares to appoint his Cabinet for his second and final term, the public is eagerly waiting to see who gets what. But the most important issue for Jokowi should be how to balance the need to form a professional, technocratic Cabinet and the necessity to accommodate the interests of his coalition. In the end, the new Cabinet is expected to be a mix of professionals handpicked by Jokowi and those proposed and backed by political parties. But whatever its final composition, the primary goal of Jokowi’s Cabinet should be to improve governance in his second term in order to deliver his programs. Indonesian governance has shown improvement in recent years, but the country still lags behind other emerging economies. The World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) ranks Indonesia somewhere in the middle between Nigeria at...

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