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Jakarta Post

Strengthening Indonesia’s links, position, contribution at the G20

  • Maria Monica Wihardja

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 25 2012   /  07:41 am

Indonesia’s geopolitical position has been raised to the international level by its G20 membership. However, many still see it as the “elephant in the room” with its huge population and large entourage but little contribution.

One of its most praised contributions and examples of leadership was its ability to phase out fossil-fuel subsidies in 2008.

But, a probable failure to phase out fossil-fuel subsidies this year in the midst of increasing oil prices that threaten the national budget may be a setback to its reputation.

Another widely recognized leadership example is its unilateral commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent and 41 percent with international support by 2020.

However, this commitment lacks both solid evidence and a coherent implementation plan.

The challenge for Indonesia now is how to strengthen its links, po...