Indonesian oil and gas exploration has been described as “in crisis”, with analysts pinning the blame on excessive and contradictory regulations and an inefficient bureaucracy. Senior ABC journalist Helen Brown spoke to Andang Bachtiar about his efforts to improve data access in the sector in this piece for Indonesia at Melbourne.
What is resource nationalism, what is driving its emergence in Indonesia, and what does it mean for the country? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with PhD candidate Eve Warburton in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.
Indonesian diplomats have been encouraged to promote the country’s exports and attract more foreign investment. But as Awidya Santikajaya writes, unless trade liberalisation is also part of the discussion, their efforts will not come to much.
Poor economic policy outcomes in Indonesia are often blamed on “vested interests” – elites who enjoy privileged access to political parties and government officials. But as Matthew Busch argues, this explanation tells only part of the story.