Observer: Rizal Ramli's Capacity to Become an Economy Minister Needless to be Doubted

VOICES.NEWS- The Ministry of Economy became one of the posts contested by the political elite. So President Joko Widodo must be able ...




VOICES.NEWS- The Ministry of Economy became one of the posts contested by the political elite. So President Joko Widodo must be able to choose ministers in the economic field from professionals who do not mix political interests.Rizal Ramli PhD is  a senior economist who is very credible to the post.


The Executive Director of Political Parameters, Adi Prayitno said, there were three ministries that had to be managed by professionals, one of them at the Ministry of Economy which was the determinant of the nation's destiny.

"When we talk normatively, there are a number of ministry posts that must be from professionals, for example economics, law and industry. These three sectors are actually logically simple to be held by professional friends," Adi Prayitno MA said to the Voices.News and Political News Agency at RMOL, Friday (10/18).


However, the Ministry of Economy is the part that the political elite wants. Thus, the minister's seat in the economic field occurred a struggle for political parties.

"So this is where then there is a simple political attraction between political parties and the president of course," he explained.

He considered, the figure of the former Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Rizal Ramli had a good capacity to sit in the ranks of the minister of the economy.

When Rizal Ramli served as Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance in the era of President Abdurahman Wahid alias Gus Dur. He managed to drive economic growth from minus 3 percent to nearly 6.5 percent. This was done in a way not dependent on the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

In addition, in that era Indonesia was also the only government that succeeded in reducing the economic gap index and did not import rice for a period of two years, while maintaining price stability.


During the brief Gus Dur era, Rizal recalled, the salaries of Civil Servants (PNS) doubled.

In addition, Rizal also succeeded in reducing the debt of the State Electricity Company (PLN) from initially USD 85 billion to USD 35 billion, or reduced by USD 50 billion. That became the biggest debt reduction history in Indonesia

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