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Anny Ratnawati: Our second iron woman

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 25 2010   /  08:37 am

The strength of a woman can carry the weight of the world, American-born Ukrainian poet and artist Sarah Pezdek-Smith once said.JP/RICKY YUDHISTIRAIndonesia’s former finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who recently accepted a managing director role at the World Bank, is certainly the living proof of this statement.Upon Mulyani’s departure from the Finance Ministry, another name popped up to take up the challenge. Anny Ratnawati, a lecturer at the Bogor Agriculture Institute (IPB) previously unknown to the public, shot up like a rising star to be the country’s first deputy finance minister, leaving other candidates crushed with disappointment.Experts and analysts believe Anny and Mulyani share similarities, even though several economists say Anny’s level of skills and knowledge in the financial sector as well as her ability as a macroeconomic manager are — understandably —...