Can We Do An Indonesia?
In the last century, there was such a shortage of business managers in Indonesia that Filipino executives, especially in finance and marketing, were ubiquitous in the largest Indonesian conglomerates. SGV practically built the accounting profession in Jakarta. Today, there are still a good number of Filipinos in top management positions in Indonesia. This year, however, Indonesia seems to have accomplished a political feat that we are still dreaming of: elect to the highest position of the land a self-effacing, small-time provincial mayor with no ties to the political elite. As an editorial in the Financial Times stated, “The election of Joko Widodo as president of Indonesia marks a potentially positive development for the world’s fourth most populous nation….Mr. Widodo’s style of leadership also carries promise. As mayor of Solo, a city in central Java, the former furniture exporter made his name as an honest leader with a common touch and a habit of getting things done. He extended that reparation in his brief stint as governor of Jakarta where he improved social services, unblocked long-delayed transport projects, and purged incompetent bureaucrats.” We had an equivalent leader, Jesse Robredo, but God had different plans for him. It may be hoping against hope, but can we find someone like him before the elections in 2016?