About wayne-forrest2

Wayne Forrest is President of the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, a private not for profit membership organization based in NY.

War In Ukraine

March 2022 WAR IN UKRAINE Some tell me the current thinking in Jakarta is that the Ukraine War is a two-month affair, a view I suspect may be wishful thinking. The conflict may not be affecting Indonesia yet, but it will have to navigate a riskier environment, especially the longer the war lasts. No matter

By |2022-04-28T14:19:29+00:00April 28th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reforming the Sembako Economy

February 2022 Reforming the Sembako Economy Although Indonesia actively courts an image of a modernizing economy interested to develop high technologies, such as the electric vehicles, contrasting narratives often occur reminding us that the nation’s underpinning as well as the core interests of its people remain the sembako (9 basic daily necessities): rice, salt,

Outlook for 2022

January 2022 OUTLOOK FOR 2022 Dusting off the crystal ball is always a daunting task; sometimes you just want to smash it, given the unpredictability of predicting. Here then, is my modest assessment of 2021 and outlook for 2022. Consider them notes and comments. I will leave the deeper analysis to those working on longer

By |2022-02-03T17:55:53+00:00February 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Warehouse is Emptied

December 2021 THE WAREHOUSE IS EMPTIED At the end of July, at the height of the Delta variant’s impact, I learned that the City of NY had offered over 250 tons of surplus COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment( PPE) and medical supplies to the Republic of Indonesia, most of it stored in a Pennsylvania warehouse. It

By |2022-02-03T17:49:00+00:00February 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Ghost of Ali Wardana

November 2021  THE GHOST OF ALI WARDANA In 1975 a bombshell hit the Indonesian economy: after many years of massive, short-term borrowing and corruption, the Indonesian government of President Suharto publicly declared Pertamina, the state-owned oil conglomerate, bankrupt, having accumulated debts of $10.5 billion. Indonesia’s reputation and ability to borrow was severely damaged. A

By |2022-02-03T17:44:01+00:00February 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Virus Update #85 October 18, 2021

Corona Virus Update #85    October 18, 2021 Cumulative number of reported cases: 4,235,384 (as of October 18) Deaths: 142,999 Recovered: 4,075,011 Fatality rate: 3.3%   Rupiah to US: 14,096 Jakarta Stock Exchange Index: 6658 Reserves (US$ Billions): $146.870 (September 30)  

By |2021-11-01T15:31:33+00:00November 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nickel, Coal and Vaccines

September/October 2021 NICKEL, COAL, AND VACCINES Commentary by Wayne Forrest As COVID retreats in Indonesia, hopefully permanently, Indonesia has signaled that it intends to “build back better” but with more leverage in global vaccine debates and more control of its own marketplace. Indonesia’s and other SEA leaders believe they have economic and not just

By |2021-11-01T15:28:26+00:00November 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

August 2021 US STEPS UP TO ASSIST INDONESIA Commentary by Wayne Forrest The worldwide COVID outbreak hits all countries but affects them differently. The US, with arguably one of the best medical and pharmaceutical sectors, has the capacity to push it way back but not necessarily the full trust of its citizens in vaccines. Australia and New

By |2021-11-01T14:39:22+00:00November 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Delta Variant

June 2021 THE DELTA VARIANT Commentary by Wayne Forrest It pains me to pen another COVID commentary 18 months since the first. Its not something I expected to do even after cases were predicted to rise after the May mudik, the annual return of Indonesians in cities to their families in more rural communities. But here

By |2021-11-01T14:36:40+00:00November 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Indonesia Steps Forward

May 2021 INDONESIA STEPS FORWARD Commentary by Cameron Hume Two unicorn companies in Indonesia with a combined valuation of $19 billion have announced their merger in preparation for a public listing in Jakarta and New York. How did this come about? Indonesia has changed. At independence in 1949 Indonesia was one of the poorest countries

By |2021-11-01T14:37:20+00:00November 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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