THIS is a book in tribute of the longest serving finance minister of Indonesia (1968-83), Professor Dr. Ali Wardhana. He was instrumental in navigating Indonesia through various crises, difficult times, and in the overall development of the modern Indonesian economy. From his early writings to his reflections about the reform process, that he helped mastermind, his sharp technocratic mind combined with intuition and experience regarding the realities of implementation comes through. The lessons learned are still relevant today. This book also contains 15 years of his speeches presented as the minister of finance at the World Bank and IMF annual meetings. The speeches spanned historical turning points in the world economy such as the breakdown of the Bretton Woods system, the volatility of commodity prices, and world economic recessions as well as the rise of the voice and concerns of developing economies. The book also contains personal testimonies from his colleagues, successor ministers of finance, and family. What emerges is a not just admiration of his brilliant mind, but a remarkable human being with great leadership qualities, charm, warmth, and someone who nurtured future generations of economists and well trained government officials that continued his fearless quest for a better Indonesia.
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