Jakarta. The Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association, or Hipmi, are over the moon that two of its senior members – Enggartiasto Lukita and Asman Abnur – are now part of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's cabinet, and expect they will help improve trade and roll in more reforms before long.
"Hipmi would like to thank Jokowi and Vice President Jusuf Kalla for appointing two senior Hipmi members into the cabinet," said Hipmi chairman Bahlil Lahadalia in a statement sent to the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday (27/07).
Enggartiasto, who took over as trade minister from Thomas Lembong, was once the chairman of Hipmi Jakarta in 1988-1993 and an honorary member of the association's central board in 1990-1995.
Meanwhile, Asman, who replaced Yuddy Chrisnandi as the new minister of administrative and bureaucratic reform, was once the chairman of Hipmi Batam in 1995-1998.
Bahlil said the association expects Enggartiasto to make quite a few breakthrough to boost the country’s trade, currently under pressure by weaker commodity prices and weak economic growth globally.
As for Asman, Bahlil said his ministry can push for a massive reform of the bureaucracy at government agencies.
“Bureaucracy should make it easier to do business, not harder. The president himself wants us to be in the top 40 countries in the world in terms of ease of doing business,” said the Papua businessman.
Indonesia is now ranked 109 out of 189 countries — lagging far behind neighboring countries Malaysia and Singapore — in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index, which assesses investment climate and the ease of doing business in a particular country.