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Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Rizal Ramli wants his ministry’s name to change

JAKARTA (rambuenergy.com) – Newly appointed Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Rizal Ramli said he would propose to the President to change the name of his ministry to become Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Natural Resources to reflect the scope of works of the ministry.

“I would prefer to change the name of this ministry to Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Natural Resources as energy and mineral resources ministry is also under the ministry’s coordination,” Minister Ramli told MetroTV prior to his installment to the new post at the State Palace on Wednesday.

Under the Joko Widodo government, three ministries are under the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime, namely Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM), Transportation Ministry and Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Rizal Ramli was born in Padang on May 10, 1953. He found ECONIT Advisory Group together with other economist Laksamana Sukardi. His agency often criticized the former president Soeharto’s government. When Abdurrahman Wahid became President, he was appointed as Coordinating Minister for the Economy (2000-2001) for a year before asked to become Finance Minister (2001) replacing Prijadi Praptosuharjo. Then he was appointed as chief of National Logistic Agency (Bulog) for 15 months (2000). He scrapped off-budget account of Bulog at that time.

Rizal Ramli got his undergraduate degree (S-1) from Institute of Technology Bandung and doctorate degree from Boston University in 1990. Apart from holding position as minister, he was also chief commissioner of PT Semen Gresik in 2006-2008 and lecturer at postgraduate program at University of Indonesia. On March 17, 2015 he was appointed as President Commissioner of PT Bank Negara Indonesia Tbk (BNI). (*)

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