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Business as Usual

Mari Elka Pangestu Pledges to Continue Policies and Practices of Jero Wacik in New Post of Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy

(10/21/2011) The national news agency Antara reports that Bali’s newly installed Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, has promised that she will continue to programs and policies established by her predecessor Jero Wacik.

“I promise to continue the programs of ‘Pak’ Jero Wacik,” Pengestu proclaimed at the ceremony handing over the reins of tourism from Wacik to herself on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.

On a personal level, Pangestu said she highly prized the many achievements of Jero Wacik during his tenure as Indonesia’s Minister of Culture and Tourism.

In the future, Pangestu, who come to her new post after serving as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade, said she felt there is a need for discussions to be held on the structure and organization of the ministry she will lead. Referring to the new responsibility for the “creative economy” contained in the portfolio of her restructured ministry, Pangestu said, "I think we need to discuss what part (of the ministry) will handle the creative economy.”

The newly appointed minister has already suggested that there may be a need for a Director General of the Economy in the revamped structure of her Ministry.

Pangestu has already underlined her intention to make tourism and the creative economy sectors an important source of revenues for the national economy.