Indonesian President Joko Widodo reappointed Sri Mulyani Indrawati as finance minister in his second term. Beside her, he also kept the first cabinet member such as Pratikno, Basuki Hadimuljono, Airlangga Hartarto, Siti Nurbaya, Tito Karnavian, and Agus Gumiwang - Photo by TheInsiderStories

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo reappointed Sri Mulyani Indrawati as finance minister in his second term. Beside her, he also kept the first cabinet member such as Pratikno, Basuki Hadimuljono, Airlangga Hartarto, Siti Nurbaya, Tito Karnavian, Budi Karya Sumadi, Sofyan Djalil, Moeldoko, Tjahjo Kumolo, Bambang Brodjonegoro, and Agus Gumiwang.

No further detail on their position, but some expert sees Pratikno will stay as state secretary minister, Hadimuljono as public works and public housing minister, Karnavian as National Police chief or domestic affair minister, Nurbaya as environment and forestry minister. While, Hartarto will become senior minister and his position as trade and industry minister will deliver to Gumiwang, on of his cadre in Golkar Party.

After met president at his office in Jakarta , Indrawati told reporters, Widodo asked her to manage fiscal policy to help helping the ministers related economy, industry, trade and small medium enterprises and to build the country’ economy.

“He also asked me to produce policy instrumen,both fiscal and exchange of ideas in the financial sector, banking, and capital market to maintain economic stability but in the same time accelerated policy for small and medium enterprises,” she noted.

Commenting on the economic team, University of Indonesia economist Ari Kuncoro, said he is not worried about a conflict of interest among the candidates. But he suggested, Widodo need the involvement of empirical thinkers or people with the necessary experiences to support the government program.

Widodo targeting the country become the developing country in 2045 with gross domestic product (GDP) US$7 trillion and income per capita Rp27 million ($1,915) per month or Rp320 million per annum.

“God willing, Indonesia has come out of the income trap middle class. That is our target. Indonesia already in the top five world economies with poverty close to zero percent. We have to go there,” said head of states during his inauguration on Sunday (10/20).

He believed, the target very reasonable and very possible to achieve. But, he asserted, need hard work, work fast, accompanied by the productive work to reached the targets.

He noted,” In a world full of risk, that is very dynamic, and competitive, we must continue develop new ways, new values. Do not let us get stuck in a routine, monotonous. Innovation should not only be knowledge.”

In his second term, Widodo wants his ministers not oriented on the process but must be results-oriented. In the first period, he always reminded the ministers not only make or implementing the policies, but make people enjoy the service and the fruits of development.

“Our job the job delivered, not just sent. I don’t want the bureaucrat only sending. I ask and I will forced that the task of bureaucracy is making delivered,” said the head of state.

by Linda Silaen, Email: linda.silaen@theinsiderstories.com