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RI needs business-friendly leader: SBY

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 9 2013   /  10:10 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who ends his second term in October 2014, said that Indonesia needed a leader with a strong commitment to improving the investment climate.

Speaking to around 1,000 employers, foreign businesspeople and union members at the opening of the Indonesian Employers Association’s (Apindo) national congress on Monday, Yudhoyono said that the country’s next president should concentrate on the role of investment in economic growth.

Yudhoyono’s statement was an apparent swipe at Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party chief patron Prabowo Subianto, who is seen as the strongest contender in 2014.

Prabowo campaigns for a pro-poor economic development program to eradicate poverty.

Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party (PD) has yet to pick a candidate, while the Golkar Party has decided to nominate business tycoon Abrurizal Bakrie, well k...