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Jakarta Post

Policy to put TNI out of business is on the way

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 29 2008   /  10:35 am

A policy to guide the government in taking over military businesses will be completed by September, according to the national team responsible for the report. Team chairman Erry Ryana Hardjapamekas said his group had received strong support in tackling its tasks. "I am confident we can complete the job in four months because we are receiving support from Indonesian Military (TNI) leaders and the Defense Ministry as well as from the Finance Ministry," he said after a discussion on military businesses here Tuesday. Erry said the Finance Ministry had agreed to increase the defense budget once the government took over the military enterprises. The TNI currently manages 1,520 business units, 1,071 cooperatives and 25 foundations across the country. Experts said many of the businesses had collapsed after years of mismanagement. Erry said his team...