Tempo English Weekly

Economy

Market Pulse: Dancing Dangerously to Trump's Beat

Short-term populist economic policies are increasingly dominating the world. One is protectionism. In his first days in office, US President Donald Trump immediately pulled his country out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Trump also invited Mexico and Canada to meet and reassess the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Bribery at Tanjung Batu

Not long after the British Serious Fraud Office (SFO) released their findings on the Rolls-Royce bribery case, Sofyan Basir immediately gathered stacks of documents. The CEO of the state-owned electricity company PLN bent over backwards to collect data because the Rolls-Royce case also implicated PLN officials. "We immediately handed over…

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Pertamina's Twin Suns

Pertamina CEO Dwi Soetjipto attended last week's press conference alongside the company's board chairman Tanri Abeng, Deputy CEO Ahmad Bambang, Director of Processing Toharso, and Vice President of Corporate Communications Wianda Pusponegoro. According to the invitation sent to the media, only Ahmad Bambang, Toharso, and Tanri would be delivering a…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Clash of Party Chiefs

Election Campaigning for Today and Tomorrow
Candidates and their supporters are putting everything on the line to win the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election and perhaps a warm-up for the presidential election in 2019.

Before discussing the charges leveled against him, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) talked about how a leader can regress to become a tyrant. A dictator, said SBY, who was Indonesia's sixth president, can emerge when he begins to fear the loss of his power.