A former JPMorgan
country manager in Indonesia, 45-year-old Wirjawan
is now part of the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono government, the cabinet-level chairman of Indonesia‚s Investment Coordinating Board, known by its Indonesian acronym BPKM.
At Morgan, he
helped drive deals to Indonesia when the country wasn‚t as fashionable as it is becoming now.
"I fully understand the concerns that investors have here," says Wirjawan
Gita Wirjawan, BPKM
Mulyani was once regarded as irreplaceable but her
loss wasn‚t as painful to Indonesia as the markets had feared.
"Infrastructure is the key," he
"This will be the major focus of this government.
Indeed, as Wirjawan
was speaking, his
president was setting down his
landmark National Day Speech that mostly dwelt on upgrading the country‚s appalling infrastructure.
looks to countries such as neighbouring Australia, booming on the back of a minerals exports bonanza to China.
notes that Indonesia has "a lot of the same stuff as Australia and we can get it out of the ground cheaper.
But getting it to port has been a problem.
That is fast being fixed."
is also focused on winning and then securing investment rating upgrades for Indonesia.