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Escaping the mediocrity trap

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, August 19 2019   /  12:39 am

In his State of the Nation address before the People’s Consultative Assembly on Friday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo aptly said: “It is not enough that we are only better than before. We have to be better than others. Again, it is not enough that we are only better than before. We have to be better than others.”It is clear why Jokowi needed to repeat the message. For decades, Indonesia has practically been competing with itself and, seeing the glass half-full, it has made some progress. The nation, however, is still lagging behind some of its closest neighbors.The 2019 Global Talent Competitiveness Index released by graduate business school Insead places Indonesia at 67th, up 10 places compared to the previous index. But despite the remarkable improvement, Indonesia remains a mediocre country. The index surveyed 125 countries only and still considered Indonesia’s neighbors ...