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Jakarta Post

Erick Thohir takes center stage as pandemic bites

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano


Jakarta   /   Tue, August 4 2020   /  01:00 am
Menteri Badan Usaha Milik Negara (BUMN) Erick Thohir menyampaikan sambutan sebelum menandatangani Nota Kesepahaman Kerja Sama Diplomasi Ekonomi untuk mendukung BUMN Go Global di Gedung Pancasila, Kementerian Luar Negeri, Jakarta, Jumat (17/7/2020). Kerja sama ini bertujuan memperkuat diplomasi ekonomi dalam mewujudkan visi BUMN Go Global yang diharapkan dapat meningkatkan nilai investasi BUMN di luar negeri dan mendorong performa ekspor Indonesia. (Antara/Dhemas Reviyanto)

For someone with little experience in politics and who is mostly known as a businessman, the meteoric rise of State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has surprised many, and it was his business-like attitude that won the heart of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who has continued to trust him to handle major issues. The recent issuance of Presidential Regulation (Perpres) 82/2020, which gives Erick a new job as the executive director of the government’s COVID-19 Response and Economic Recovery Committee, is an indication of the high degree of trust shown by the President in the former businessman, political analysts have said. Erick, who was previously best known as the founder of media and entertainment holding firm PT Mahaka Media, has few ties to political parties and is, therefore, seen as more independent than other politically affiliated Cabinet members, h...