Indonesia’s Economic, Social and Political Development Process: Recent Achievements and Challenges for the Future |

Indonesia’s Economic, Social and Political Development Process: Recent Achievements and Challenges for the Future

Synopsis:

After many ups and downs in a turbulent history, Indonesia is today the largest democracy of the Muslim world and a country having reached an intermediate income and development level. Those are important political and economic achievements, which the most optimistic observers bring forward to support that it belongs nowadays to the group of “emerging” countries. However, dark clouds are accumulating over an archipelago, confronted to major challenges. On the economic front, squeezed between an unfinished agricultural transition and a partial industrialization, Indonesia suffers from a “growth without employment” syndrome and runs the risk of being stuck in the “middle income country trap”. On the social side, in spite of the progress achieved, it has been impossible to eliminate the worst forms of poverty still affecting more than 10% of the population while social inequalities are on the rise and that regional disparities are not receding. On the political scene, the Indonesian democracy seems to be stagnating, creating a lot of frustration and even anger: discredited by an unquenchable corruption and its incapacity to overcome the main economic and social problems, it runs the risk of a regression. In short, Indonesia is one more time at the crossroads! Will it be able to make a breakthrough or will it miss one more time this new historical opportunity? ”

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Speaker(s):

Prof. Jean-Luc Maurer, Emeritus Professor in Development Studies, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Date:
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Time:
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-1,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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