JAKARTA (Xinhua) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday sworn in 34 cabinet ministers at the State Palace, a lineup which mainly comprises of technocrats.
Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, planned to make breakthrough in his five-year administration, partly by placing figures whom he expects to undertake reform in their ministries, in a bid to ease the bottleneck in creating a better investment climate.
To break the country’s poor bureaucracy, for instance, the president appointed the 46-year-old Yuddy Chrisnandi as administrative and bureaucratic reform minister.
His decision to appoint businesspersons who have shown a successful in building business and known precisely the obstacles and potential in the sector, were also expected to make some improvement.
Among them are Rahmad Gobel, an entrepreneur, who was appointed as trade minister, and Susi Pudjiastuti, a business woman for lobster, as maritime and fishery minister.
President Jokowi placed Bambang Brodjonegoro, deputy finance minister for the last government, as finance minister. Coordinating minister for economy was Sofyan Djalil, former minister for state enterprises and information minister.
Jokowi aims to increase the archipelago country’s GDP to 7 per cent within 3 years from this year’s target of 5.2 to 5.3 per cent, partly by raising subsidised fuel prices to allow him to have more funds to build badly needed infrastructure facilities.
He also appointed Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, former ambassador to the Netherlands, as the first woman foreign minister. Nevertheless, criticism has been drawn, particularly from the rival party coalition, over the competency of some of the ministers.
Poor bureaucracy, overlapping in rules, broad current account deficit, land ownership and slowing economic growth, are among the major challenges facing the largest economy in Southeast Asia.