Like others who have allowed their houses to be demolished for infrastructure projects, Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono has given up his private house on Jl. Rawa Semut, East Bekasi, West Java, to make way for the construction of the Bekasi-Cawang-Kampung Melayu (Becakayu) toll road. The head of the Indonesia Toll Road Authority (BPJT), Danang Parikesit, said Basuki’s eviction from his house for the 23.67 kilometers toll road was proof that no one was given special privileges, including government officials, in the construction of public facilities. “I’m sure this is also his [Basuki’s] expectation,” Danang said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday. Basuki, the man behind the country’s infrastructure projects, revealed the eviction plan in December 2018. "This is the first time in history that a minister has been evicted [for an infrastructure project]. I told them not to reroute the road. Therefore, I will wait for the … [Read more...] about Housing minister gives up house for toll road project
Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi pulled off a unique diplomatic and cultural scoop during the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session at the UN headquarters on Tuesday. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, delegates from the United States, France, China, Germany and some other nations showed up wearing batik or tenun shirts during the Indonesia-led open debate on peace-keeping operations. When I saw the picture of the UN secretary-general seated next to Retno onThe Jakarta Post’s front page of its May 9 edition, I recalled my recent conversations with foreign diplomats who asked about the future of the foreign minister. As President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is widely tipped to have secured his reelection, the question is whether he will hold on to Retno. It is not impossible that Jokowi would consider a new foreign minister who has proven capacity not only in diplomacy, but also in economics, qualities we apparently missed over the last five years. During … [Read more...] about Do we need a new captain at the UNSC?
The Finance Ministry has announced that a plan to move the capital from Jakarta was still in its early phases as the ministry was currently waiting for further details from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas). According to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, discussions in the Cabinet have not reached the point of measuring how long it would take to build the new capital, but they have instead focused on why such a plan was needed and the various criteria the city must meet. The relocation plan is intended to turn Jakarta into a more livable city and ensure equal economic growth across Indonesia. “Bappenas needs to finalize the details, and then we will talk about planning and budgeting […] We currently still do not know the engineering details and the exact location [for the new capital],” Sri Mulyani on the sidelines of the 52nd Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual meeting held in Fiji on Saturday. She conceded that the budget needed to build a new … [Read more...] about Capital relocation plan still in early phases: Sri Mulyani
China's Marshall Plan Editorial It was a curious scene in Beijing last week. It could not have been more jarring to see - more than 70 years after the establishment of the neoliberal economic order - the United States retreating, threatening trade war with China, Europe and other major economic powers, and demanding concessions from everyone it accused of cheating. China, on the other hand, has proclaimed its intention to promote free trade, pledged structural reform to open up its economy and committed billions of dollars to build infrastructure that will connect the world through a new version of the millennia-old Silk Road. Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed a gathering attended by more than 1,500 delegates, including 40 heads of state, not only pledging that he would spend US$440 billion (S$600 billion) on building infrastructure, but also promising that the money would be spent with accountability. Mr Xi's pledge matters because, given its status as a rising superpower, China … [Read more...] about The road ahead for China’s BRI partners
It was a curious scene in Beijing last week. It could not have been more jarring to see, over 70 years after the establishment of the neoliberal economic order, the United States retreating, threatening trade war with China, Europe and other major economic powers and demanding concessions from everyone it accused of cheating. China on the other hand proclaimed its intention to promote free trade, pledging structural reform to open up its economy and committing billions of dollars to build infrastructure that will connect the world through a new version of the millennia-old Silk Road. In what many described as a diplomatic success, Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed a gathering attended by more than 1,500 delegates including 40 heads of state, from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Egyptian President Abdul Fatah el-Sisi, pledging not only that he would spend US$440 billion on building infrastructure but also promising that the money would be spent with accountability in mind and … [Read more...] about China’s Marshall Plan