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Jakarta Post

Just-born: Political Economic Association

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 11 2010   /  03:28 pm

JAKARTA: Economic and political scholars have founded a new association named the Indonesian Political Economic Association (AEPI), to help make Indonesia an economically independent nation. Among the founders are economists Hendri Saparini, Revrisond Baswir and Ichsanudin Noorsy, lecturer Samsul Hadi from the University of Indonesia, state electricity company PLN labor union chairman Ahmad Daryoko and Henri Saragih of Via Campesina, an international peasant movement. Revrisond said that the association was born amid concern over the country's economic and political condition, which he said was "dominated by foreign forces". "The tendency to make Indonesia's economy a subordinate to the international structure of capitalism has worsened due to massive implementation of neo-liberalist economic agendas, which have been supported by the advancement of information technology i...