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House approves Destry Damayanti as BI senior deputy governor

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 12, 2019   /   10:36 am
House approves Destry Damayanti as BI senior deputy governor Newly elected Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor Destry Damayanti. (Courtesy/Facebook)

Members of House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing monetary affairs on Thursday unanimously approved Destry Damayanti as Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor after a series of interviews by the Commission members, known as a fit and proper test.

“No faction in the Commission has opposed the approval. This means we all believe that Destry Damayanti has the capability to become BI senior deputy governor,” said Commission member Amir Uskara as reported by kontan.co.id.

Destry is a member of the Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (LPS) Commissioner Council and used to be executive director of Mandiri Instititute. She got a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Indonesia and a master of science from Cornell University, New York.

Amir said that before approving her as BI senior deputy governor, the Commission also considered opinions from the National Intelligence Agency (BIN), the State-Owned Lenders Association (Himbara) and the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK).

Previously, Destry said BI needed to adjust itself to the fast developments in the digital economy and include it in a regulation that would be issued by the central bank.

“Otherwise, it could endanger the country’s economy,” she said, adding that close cooperation between BI, the Financial Services Authority and related ministers was needed so they could jointly face the progress in technology.

Without having a comprehensive understanding of the latest technology related to the digital economy, including financial technology, the country cannot benefit from the fast growing technology, she added. (bbn)