Indonesian Vice President Boediono’s foreword to BIES special issue in honour of Ross McLeod and Chris Manning

The August 2012 Issue of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies is now available online. This is a Special Issue in Honour of Chris Manning and Ross McLeod. Below is the foreword from Boediono, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia.

Chris Manning and Ross McLeod

 

FOREWORD

Boediono
Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia

I am pleased to write a foreword to this special issue of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES) in honour of Dr Ross McLeod and Dr Chris Manning.

I have had the great pleasure of knowing both them and their families for almost 40 years. I first got to know Chris and Ross when we were all graduate students and junior staff members at the Australian National University (ANU), and again in the late 1970s when they lived and worked in Yogyakarta. We have kept in contact both personally and professionally ever since.

Both have dedicated their working lives to Indonesia, as researchers, teachers and institution builders. They are unquestionably among the most important and productive students of modern Indonesian economic development since the 1970s. Both have made seminal contributions to Indonesian research in their respective fields. For Ross, this has been the area of small business finance, monetary policy, governance and civil service reform. For Chris, it has been labour and employment, poverty, demography and regional development.

They have also engaged deeply with Indonesia in other ways. Both have worked as government policy advisers, research supervisors, mentors and public commentators. It is hard to think of any other foreign researchers in recent times with as deep an involvement in and understanding of our country.

For over a decade from the late 1990s, they were key figures in consolidating the reputation of the ANU’s Indonesia Project as the premier centre for work on Indonesia outside the country – Ross as the Editor of the BIES and Chris as the Head of the Indonesia Project. Those of us in the Indonesian government and academic community have always greatly valued their contributions to our country’s intellectual and policy development. We may not always agree with their arguments and conclusions, but we know and appreciate that their work is always academically rigorous, scientific, and motivated by a desire to improve our country’s economic policies and the welfare of its people. Their work has been
influential for senior levels of government, for universities and think tanks, and for all students of Indonesian economic development, both inside the country and internationally.

The publication of this special issue marks the formal retirement of Chris and Ross, but I am sure it does not mean the end of their engagement with our country. On behalf of their many friends and admirers in Indonesia, I wish to say ‘Banyak terima kasih’, and a happy and enjoyable ‘retirement’, to Chris and Ross, and also to their wives Ibu Tri and Ibu Prapti, who I am sure will look forward to seeing them around the house more often than before.

Boediono (2012): Foreword, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 48:2, 125-128