How Far can Indonesia's Consumption-Driven Growth Go?

By Nithin Coca

March 2013 FEATURE
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A shopping mall in Indonesia.
At his lecture in Penang for the Asean Coalition for Clean Governance (ACCG) on December 4, 2012, former Indonesian president Dr BJ Habibie presented statistics about Indonesia's growing economic strength. The numbers were impressive, showing Indonesia’s rapid growth and vast GDP, both in leading position in the Asean region. But is this growth sustainable?The economic boom is visible in Jakarta, where construction leads the capital city's entry into a 21st century economy; the drive from the airport into the central...

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Nithin Coca

was born in San Diego, California, US to parents from South India, and has taken his international upbringing to the maximum, having lived and worked in the US, France, Spain, and South-East Asia, where he hopes to play a role in protecting environmental and cultural heritage through education, economics and social activism.