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Jakarta Post

Businesses greet Mari’s ouster, Dahlan’s new role

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 18 2011   /  08:00 am

Business leaders have welcomed newly-appointed Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan and State-Owned enterprises (SOEs) Minister Dahlan Iskan, hoping that both can change current economic policies.

Gita, previously the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chief, replaces Mari Elka Pangestu – who, according to sources, will replace Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik, while Dahlan, formerly president director of state-owned power company PT PLN, replaces Mustafa Abubakar, who is recovering from a cardiac illness.

Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) Sofjan Wanandi called the two new ministers the “right men in the right places”, saying that both Gita and Dahlan had the capability to perform their new duties.

“Gita has a great deal of experience on the international stage, especially due to his position as BKPM chief. Meanwhile, Dahlan is a businessman who r...