New Ash Center report lauds successes, proposes reforms for Indonesia

first_img Read Full Story Formerly an authoritarian state, Indonesia has made impressive gains over the last 10 years as the world’s first majority Muslim, multi-party democracy. The country’s successes and challenges as a new democracy are the subject of the new report titled “From Reformasi to Institutional Transformation: A Strategic Assessment of Indonesia’s Prospects for Growth, Equity, and Democratic Governance.” The report, authored by the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, offers an assessment of Indonesia’s governance and socioeconomic climate, and concludes that the country must move beyond current reforms to effect a dramatic institutional transformation in order to compete successfully in the global economy.Indonesia’s current economic and social conditions are described in the beginning of the report. It documents the nation’s struggles with inequality, corruption, and institutional failure, and outlines the many economic challenges that it faces, including a growing trade deficit with China, the continued exporting of its natural resources and the importing of many finished goods which could be produced domestically. According to the report, slow job growth coupled with inadequate infrastructure and public health services impede Indonesia from achieving its full potential.Recommendations for ReformThe report’s authors contend that the following short- and medium-term measures could set Indonesia back on the right course toward a path of prosperity:Electoral Reform: Indonesia’s current election processes vary across the country and are often plagued by corruption. Solutions like creating a single-member district (SMD) system and semi-closed list voting processes, or adopting Germany’s mixed SMD and closed-list system, could reduce the complexities and thus curb some corruption, incentivizing politicians to act more in the public interest. Reforming Decentralization: While decentralization has increased avenues for democratic participation, its speed and lack of coherent functions threaten to undermine its civic benefits. The report calls for inter-governmental review bodies, such as the Council for Deliberation on Regional Autonomy, to improve efforts in overseeing and coordinating decentralization. Creating a clear set of standards and criteria for the establishment of new administrative entities could provide much needed consistency and accountability of functions.center_img Adopting International Standards: China has had much success attracting foreign business by adopting international standards of accountability and transparency while involving international executives and board members. By following China’s example, Indonesia could make a stronger commitment to international rules and halt business-as-usual practices influenced solely by domestic interests.last_img read more

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Buyers cut to the chase

first_imgKalynda Chase is enjoying a resurgence in popularity among buyers.New homeowners Anthony Lyall, Emily Griebenow with 9 month old Elijah Lyall and 2yo BraxURBEX is reporting an increase in sales at their Kalynda Chase housing development as confidence in Townsville’s residential property market continues to improve.Kalynda Chase, in Bohle Plains, was established 12 years ago and is now home to about 3500 residents spread over 1150 lots.Urbex sales manager Vi Miller said they were experiencing a change in consumer sentiment towards purchasing real estate in Townsville.“All signs are pointing to recovery in the Townsville property sector,” she said.“This flows on from construction of the $250 million stadium that is expected to bring in more than 700 jobs during the design and construction of the project.“We have experienced an uplift in sales at Kalynda Chase compared to a year ago.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The Kalynda Chase development is well established in Townsville but it’s still growing.”The development takes in 161ha and there are 320 lots reaming which will be released to the market over the next few years.Residents in the community have access to a tennis centre, convenience precincts, walking tracks and dog park.Emily Griebenow and her partner Anthony Lyall moved into their Kalynda Chase home about 12 months ago shortly before the birth of their first child.The couple bought 480sq m of land after being impressed by the estate’s community feel and central location.“It’s a great location for shops and schools and even if you have to go into town it’s only 15 minutes away,” the couple said.“We like to go for a walk to the park or a jog and now there is a dog park as well.”last_img read more

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