Jakarta. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Indonesians should be proud that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had topped a recent Bloomberg poll evaluating the performance of eight Asian-Australian leaders.
State news agency Antara reported that Jokowi was the best performing Asian-Australian leader in 2016 according to the Bloomberg poll.
"It's a great achievement. The president deserves all the praise, but we also give credit to everyone who has worked hard [to achieve this]," Kalla said on Tuesday (03/01).
Kalla highlighted that Jokowi managed to keep two important elements under control — the rupiah and Indonesia's monetary policies — to maintain an economic growth of five percent in 2016.
In the Bloomberg poll, Jokowi was the only leader to record a positive performance in all aspects reviewed, including increasing the value of the rupiah by 2.41 percent, maintaining a steady economic growth of 5.02 percent year-on-year and scoring an excellent 69 percent approval rating.
Jokowi has also stamped his authority on the country's political scene, with data showing he now controls two-thirds of the parliament.
The president’s successful tax amnesty program has also helped pay for his extensive infrastructure projects.
Aside from Jokowi, the other seven Asian-Australian leaders that Bloomberg evaluated were: Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.