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Jakarta Post

Sri Mulyani named coordinating minister

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 25 2008   /  10:32 am

(JP/R. Berto Wedhatama) Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati was inaugurated on Tuesday as the coordinating minister for the economy, replacing Boediono, who now heads the central bank. Sri Mulyani, who will also remain finance minister, said that in her new role she would prioritize economic programs, in line with the presidential decree on the focus of economic policies for 2008 and 2009. "There has been this idea that economic policies are not directly related to the people. However, (the policies on) food, infrastructure, energy are concrete," Sri Mulyani said. She said she would evaluate economic policies, including those on infrastructure, investment, agriculture and small and medium enterprises, that have been criticized for their implementation. Indonesia last year recorded 6.6 percent economic growth, its highest rate since the 199...