Editor's Note: This article was first published on April Dialog. Dr Tony Whitten is Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Fauna & Flora International (FFI). FFI is RER’s technical partner, managing key elements of the...
The Tanoto Foundation Board of Trustees member shared his views at the end of a panel discussion that touched on a range of issues concerning Indonesia’s growth and potential amidst the gloom and caution confronting the global economy.
Anderson Tanoto: Optimistic for Indonesia
United States Vice-President Joe Biden mentioned yesterday that we should move away from the concept of Short-Termism. I think that’s what Indonesia requires now. If we look at Indonesia specifically on a quarterly-quarterly basis, it might be challenging. But if you look at Indonesia in the medium-to-long term perspective, I’m extremely optimistic.
I’m optimistic. The group is optimistic. The people here are optimistic… I think Pak Anindya spoke a little bit about it. He said human resources for Indonesia is huge. Why? 50 per cent of Indonesia is still under 30 years old. Look at the panelists here today, the ministers and business leaders in Indonesia here are of very young age.
The human capital of Indonesia is so invaluable. And the future of Indonesia can only be brighter moving ahead.
Indonesia Lunch Dialogue
Jointly organised by Jakarta Globe and Salween Group, the Indonesia Lunch Dialogue brought together an esteemed panel comprising Indonesia Trade Minister Tom Lembong, Indonesia Finance Minsiter Bambang Brodjonegoro, Bank Mandiri CEO Budi Sadikin, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Dean Professor Kishore Mahbubani, and Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) Vice-Chairman Anindya Bakrie. The session was moderated by Lippo Group Director John Riady.
The footage of the panel discussion is provided in two parts below:
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