Indonesian President Announces New Cabinet Line-Up


Indonesia: In an attempt to boost the economic growth of Indonesia, President Joko Widodo on Wednesday reshuffled the cabinet.

Joko Widodo

To tackle the income disparity of the country, there are some key changes in the new cabinet. President has appointed World Bank’s Mulyani Indrawati as finance minister.

Mr Joko told the media, “In the last two years, we have faced many challenges that were not easy. We must accelerate efforts to deal with the problem (of poverty), we must accelerate economic growth in the face of global weakness. And at the same time, global competitiveness. We must also create more jobs, to create wealth.”

Many changes in cabinet

In a bid to turn Indonesia as a maritime superpower former Indonesian army general Wiranto is appointed as the chief security minister. The general has replaced Luhut Pandjaitan, from the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs. The president also said that he wants a working cabinet which will be capable of adapting to the changes. As a result they will produce “concrete and fast” results.

Mr Joko has introduced nine new faces in the cabinet rejig. Apart from Dr. Mulyani Other new faces  are: Dr Archandra Tahar (Energy Minister),  Mr Budi Karya Sumadi (Transportation Minister), Mr Muhadjir Effendy (Education Ministry), Dr Enggartiasto Lukita (Trade Ministry) as well as Mr Airlangga Hartarto (Industry Ministry).

As per report, the inclusion of managing director World Bank Dr Sri Mulyani as the finance minister is very relevant. And Forbes magazine has ranked her 37th in its annual list of 100 most powerful women of 2016.