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Jakarta Post

Jokowi has high hopes for new Pertamina CEO

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 29, 2018   /   04:42 pm
Jokowi has high hopes for new Pertamina CEO President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo delivers his state-of-the-nation address to the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) in a plenary session in Jakarta on Aug. 16. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak)

Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung has said that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has high hopes for the newly appointed head of Pertamina to improve human resources in the state-owned enterprise.

Pramono said the President needed about two months to consider three candidate proposals submitted by State-Onwed Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Rini Soemarno, before eventually picking Nicke Widyawati, who had been Pertamina’s acting president director for four months, as the definite official.

“Finally, the President decided to entrust the Pertamina president director position to Ibu Nicke,” said Pramono at the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Wednesday, as reported by

Pramono said Jokowi had appointed Nicke because the President believed she could establish a solid team and carry out reforms within the company.

Pramono said Pertamina would shoulder heavy tasks in the coming years, including the management of a number of oil and gas blocks, such as Mahakam and Rokan, in trying to boost oil and gas production.

Ibu Nicke and team will have a heavy task. Hopefully, they will be able to shoulder the government’s task,” Pramono said.

Nicke’s appointment was announced at a press conference at the SOE Ministry earlier on Wednesday. Two other new members of Pertamina’s board of directors were also announced during the press conference. They are Darmawan Samsu, replacing Syamsu Alam as upstream director, and Kuswiro Kushartanto, replacing Nicke as human resources development director. (bbn)