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In Indonesia, Energy Reform Takes a Back Seat to Pragmatism

Aug 12, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
Cars and motorcycles line up at a fuel station in Purwokerto, on the island of Java, Indonesia, on Nov. 17, 2014.

Cars and motorcycles line up at a fuel station in Purwokerto, on the island of Java, Indonesia, on Nov. 17, 2014. Pragmatism is winning out over ambition with Indonesia's energy reforms.

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Pragmatism is winning out over ambition, at least as far as energy reform in Indonesia is concerned. When he assumed office in 2014, Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo promised big changes for both the upstream and downstream energy sectors in an effort to attain greater local control of hydrocarbon production...

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