(SOEs) minister, Erick Thohir, announced on Monday (11/18), that he would cut the number of deputies to only three positions from currently seven positions - Photo by TheInsiderStories

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – After picked two vice ministers,  state-owned enterprises (SOEs) minister, Erick Thohir, announced on Monday (11/18), that he would cut the number of deputies to only three positions from currently seven positions. The fresh move aims at carrying out President Joko Widodo’ mission regarding the creation of an effective and efficient bureaucracy.

“This is part of the Tour of Duty. The bureaucracy must understand the problems in the corporation as carried out today,” said the minister in a written statement.

Thohir already has two deputy ministers – Budi Gunadi Sadikin and Kartika Wirjoatmodjo – and already have their respective work posts. Sadikin, the former managing director of PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium, specifically leads the energy sector. While, his partner Wirjoatmodjo, former president director of PT Bank Mandiri Tbk (IDX: BMRI), managed the banking, insurance, core insurance, and infrastructure sectors.

Current deputy position formations are filled by Edwin Hidayat Abdullah (Energy, Logistics, Regions, and Tourism), Hambra (Business Infrastructure), Fajar Harry Sampurno (Mining, Strategic Industry, and Media), Wahyu Kuncoro (Agro and Pharmaceutical Industry Business Sector), Aloysius Kiik Ro Business Restructuring and Development), Gatot Trihargo (Financial Service Business, Survey Services, and Consultants), and Imam Aprianto Putro (Secretary).

“Besides deputy, a review for employees under him will also be carried out immediately, in accordance with the direction of the president to accelerate the movement in building this nation, this is the time for bureaucratic efficiency,” adds by Thohir.

The bureaucracy reform agenda was announced by Widodo in his inauguration speech fro the second term which was delivered in the plenary room of House of Representatives month ago.

“To manage the Rp8,200 trillion assets from 140 SOEs, I need teamwork, which is filled with people who are not only smart but also good morals,” said the minister.

Widodo said earlier that downsizing the bureaucracy in SOEs could help accelerate state-owned companies in the global arena.

“I hope that there will be a big leap in evaluating existing assets, to find good partners so that our SOEs truly become companies that have a good reputation in the world,” the president said, adding there was homework that needed addressing including reviving PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines to fly again, returning the profits of  PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk (IDX: GIAA), and settling the debt of local manufacture PT Krakatau Steel Tbk (IDX: KRAS).

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com