World Bank managing director is Indonesia’s new finance minister

Natashya Gutierrez
World Bank managing director is Indonesia’s new finance minister
Sri Mulyani joins the government after 6 years with the World Bank

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesian president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has appointed World Bank managing director Sri Mulyani Indrawati as the new finance minister, in his administration’s newest cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, July 27.

Mulyani replaces Bambang Brodjonegoro.

In a statement accepting the offer, Mulyani said it would be “an honor to serve the President and my fellow Indonesians by continuing the ongoing reform program.”

Mulyani said her priorities would be development, namely to provide better services particularly to the poor, and ensuring Indonesians would benefit from economic growth.

Before her appointment, Mulyani was Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at the World Bank for 6 years. 

She thanked Jim Yong Kim, the President of the World Bank Group, in her statement “for his trust and confidence in me,” and praised the world of the World Bank. 

She finished her statement by assuring that she “will stay committed to the principles of reaching across the aisle and working with partners on addressing the big challenges of our time.”

This is not Mulyani’s first time as finance minister, having taken up the same position under the adminsitration of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Mulyani is one of 13 ministers that take on new positions in Jokowi’s reshuffle which aims to focus on making his cabinet work more effectively, given increasing problems of coordination. –

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