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Jakarta Post

Regency proves how transparency leads to wealth

  • Astrid Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 28 2008   /  10:48 am

Former bureaucracies have stubbornly resisted supplying the public with government information, but a number of regional governments, including the Lebak administration in Banten, are reaping rewards for their openness. Lebak Regent Mulyadi Jayabaya told public officials attending a discussion in Jakarta on Thursday his administration had increased regional revenue seven-fold and investment by 35 times since it enacted an ordinance requiring government agencies to ensure the public had easy access to information. Formerly a businessman, Mulyadi said he knew the plight investors had to go through in applying for business permits. "At local government offices today people can see a board hanging on the wall, displaying the number of permits required to establish a new business and the price list and where the money flows," Mulyadi said. The initiative proved fruitfull. Investme...