Jakarta. The eldest daughter of media magnate Hary Tanoesoedibjo was appointed deputy tourism and creative economy minister on Friday, with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo assigning her the special task of luring more foreign visitors to Indonesia.
Angela Herliani Tanoesoedibjo, 32, is the only woman and the youngest among the 12 deputy ministers introduced by Jokowi at the State Palace in Central Jakarta.
"She is young, with experience in the media business, and very good at promotions, so we have placed our trust in her to become deputy tourism and creative economy minister," the president told reporters when introducing Angela.
"We hope tourism promotion will be more focused and the number of tourists coming to Indonesia will be increasing," he added.
Angela, born in Ottawa, Canada, on April 23, 1987, is also the youngest person in Jokowi's new cabinet. She is deputy secretary general of her father's Indonesian Unity Party (Perindo), but failed to win a seat in the House of Representatives in the April legislative election.
"I have experience in the media and other fields, such as retail business and finance, and this background will hopefully help me work creatively, quickly and efficiently with a big impact," she said.
Jokowi has asked her to focus on the 10 new tourist destinations the government is currently developing in various parts of the archipelago. Angela confirmed that she would resign from all her posts in her father's MNC Group.
"For sure, according to existing regulations, I must resign from all positions in the MNC Group," the mother of two said.
Angela graduated from the University of Technology Sydney and obtained a master's degree in commerce and finance from the University of New South Wales.
She received more than 30,000 votes in her East Java electoral district in the legislative election. However, Perindo still failed to reach the legislative threshold.
She served as managing director of television networks Global and RCTI, and as a commissioner at investment firm MNC Investama.