Gus Dur and the Indonesian Economy

Gus Dur and the Indonesian Economy

Gus Dur and the Indonesian Economy

Gus Dur and the Indonesian Economy

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The chapters in this volume started life as conference papers at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies’ (ISEAS) Indonesia Forum entitled “Abdurrahman Wahid’s First 100 Days: An Economic Agenda” held on 17-18 January 2000. the Forum drew together Indonesian government ministers, senior civil servants, representatives of bilateral and multilateral organizations, and academics. the record of these proceedings is valuable in order to assess the views of decision-makers and academics (some of whom are advisers to government in a formal or informal capacity) concerning the overall economic direction of Indonesia. It should be noted that the two cabinet ministers here, Laksamana Sukardi and Jusuf Kalla, subsequently left cabinet under controversial circumstances. However, they were government ministers and representatives of the Wahid government at the time of writing their respective papers. the papers were presented in January 2000 but a decision was taken not to attempt to alter the details in each chapters for publication. Some aspects have dated, but the challenges, dilemmas, themes, and analysis of the overall economic prospects for the Wahid administration identified by the contributors have not. the Introduction will help update the reader through to the end of 2000.

The editor thanks Dr Leonard Sebastian, formerly a Fellow at iseas (now with the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore), who co-ordinated the Forum. Appreciation is also extended to Anggito Abimanyu of the Faculty of Economics at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, for his assistance with aspects of the conference and the resulting publication.

Anthony L. Smith

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