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Commentary: Wanted: Big Foot for finance minister

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 14 2010   /  09:24 am

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati may seem small, but when she leaves for her new job as a managing director of the World Bank in Washington next month, she will leave big shoes to fill.Most likely, her successor must have feet big enough to fill size-50 in European shoe measurements. They don’t make this size (the largest size you will find in most stores apparently is 48 ½ , or 15.5 in US measurements).Shoes of this size are custom-ordered. And that is just the point: The finance minister is such a huge and challenging job for any one person to handle that none of the candidates touted to succeed Mulyani is likely to be able to fill such big shoes.We are not suggesting that Mulyani has big feet, but the 47-year-old economist has taken on such huge tasks over the last five years, from reforming the ministry, including the tax office and the customs agency, aggressively collectin...