Close followers of Indonesia are tuning in to the final days of the Jakarta governor’s race, most recently in last week’s second televised debate. The topic was bureaucratic reform which is certainly of interest to most foreign companies with a presence in the capital city. The Governor of Jakarta holds the keys to a myriad of sorely needed improvements, if only basic efficiency gains in moving goods and people in/out and around the city.
In a recent interview, I briefly talked about how three political power brokers–Megawati Sukarnoputri (PDI-P), Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (Partai Demokrat) and Prabowo Subianto (Gerindra) are each fielding candidates in the race. There is plenty to be said about how each is maneouvering in an effort to exert their influence in this election but suffice it to say that the winner would carry considerable momentum into other regional election contests that remain this and next year and be in a prime position for the 2019 general election. Surely the contest that served as the pathway to the presidency for Indonesia’s current president Joko Widodo will be one to watch very closely.