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Trade in value added, what is the difference?

 

iPod Ad in Beijing

Christopher Findlay, Dean of Faculty of Professions, University of Adelaide

Would you believe it?  Indonesia actually has a trade surplus with China.  How did this happen?  This is what we find in a new data set released by the OECD and the WTO last month.

We are familiar with the iPod story: it is exported from China but only about 10% of the value of the product is actually added in China.  The rest comes from other countries, either inputs to the item or services that facilitate the process of its assembly. This sort of case study has prompted work on the new data set, which is constructed to find out where the value in a product is created, from foreign sources or domestic.

What are the key messages from the dataset about Indonesia?

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Indonesia-Australia: Challenges and Opportunities (Part II)

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Christopher Findlay and David Parsons

This article is summarised from a speech presented by Professor Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean of Faculty of Professions the University of Adelaide at  AIBC SA Business Luncheon -Celebrating the anniversary of Indonesian Independence at Intercontinental Hotel Adelaide on 23 August 2012 derived from his paper co-authored with David Parsons.

This article extends discussions presented in Part I. Whilst Part I focuses on  Indonesia’s position as the world’s third largest democracy that is becoming bigger and richer, Part II explores how Australia and Indonesia, who face some similar concerns as well as some interconnected challenges, should further explore that there is much to be gained by understanding those better and then working out a better long term strategy.

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Indonesia-Australia: Challenges and Opportunities (Part I)

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Christopher Findlay and David Parsons

This article is summarised from a speech presented by Professor Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean of Faculty of Professions the University of Adelaide at  AIBC SA Business Luncheon -Celebrating the anniversary of Indonesian Independence at Intercontinental Hotel Adelaide on 23 August 2012 derived from his paper co-authored with David Parsons.

This article focuses on two points. First, Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy, is becoming bigger and richer, which is an important for Australia.  Second, but Australia and Indonesia face some similar concerns as well as some interconnected challenges and there is much to be gained by understanding those better and then working out a better long term strategy.

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Big Cities and Growth

'Jakarta by Night' Panorama

Professor Christopher Findlay, University of Adelaide

Indonesian cities appear to have excellent opportunities to contribute to growth and development, given their scale and the comfort of their communities with the social media.  But success depends on complementary investment and policy decisions by governments on infrastructure, education and entrepreneurship.  The same forces which make cities a success can drive political change if expectations are not met.

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More on Structural Reform

Kereta Rangkaian Listrik (KRL)

Professor Christopher Findlay, University of Adelaide

An article by  by Maria Monica Wihardja in the Jakarta Post(21/9/2011) adds another valuable contribution to the continuing discussion of the structural reform challenge of Indonesia.

Dr Wihardja mentions the APEC study which was also noted here in a recent post.  She mentions the size of the gains from structural reform.    This is an important point and the results of that analysis are interesting and worth exploring a bit further.
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Ten Messages about Structural Reform

Improvements in public transport systems and logistics in Indonesia are important to improve investment environment in the economy.

Professor Christopher Findlay, University of Adelaide

Maria Monica Wihardja writes on East Asian Forum on 23/9/11 (available here) about Indonesia’s challenges in implementing its commitments on structural reform.   She calls for a clear understanding of the priorities and argues that what matters is both bureaucratic and regulatory reform.

The design of a structural reform program was the topic of a research project for the Policy Support Unit (PSU) of APEC released earlier this year.  The full report is available here. Ten key lessons from past efforts and structural reforms are identified in the report: these are all relevant to Indonesia for the work on the reform agenda which Dr Wihardja calls for.   As she says, getting this agenda right is difficult and requires a lot of work.  But it is possible.  The 10 key lessons provide a significant amount of guidance.
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