Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has chosen Bank Indonesia Deputy Governor Perry Warjiyo as his sole nominee for central bank governor for 2018-2023, a lawmaker said on Saturday (24/02).
The president has submitted his nomination to the national legislature for approval, but it has not yet reached House of Representatives Commission XI, which oversees finance and the banking sector.
"This is true, but we are currently in recess, so we have not officially received the nomination submitted by the president to leaders of the legislature," Commission XI member Willgo Zainar told the Jakarta Globe.
The House will conduct a fit and proper test on Perry before accepting his nomination. According to finance committee head Melchias Mekeng, the test will likely take place in April.
Neither Perry, nor a Bank Indonesia spokesman have responded to requests for comment on Saturday.
Perry's name was on a list of possible candidates compiled by Vice President Jusuf Kalla's chief advisor, Sofjan Wanandi, which previously circulated in the media. Other names on the list included incumbent Bank Indonesia Governor Agus Martowardojo, National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro and Chatib Basri, a former finance minister.
Agus's term as governor will end in May. He was appointed in 2013 after then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono named him as the sole candidate.
Perry started his career at the central bank in 1984, mainly in monetary policy. Prior to his appointment as deputy governor, he served as assistant governor for monetary, macroprudential and international policies, and executive director of the economic research and monetary policy department.
He also served as an executive director at the International Monetary Fund for two years, representing the 13 member states of the Southeast Asian Voting Group.
He holds master's degree in monetary economics and a doctorate in international finance from Iowa State University and published several books, journals and papers on economics and international monetary issues.