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Now that the heat of July 2014 Indonesian Presidential Elections have simmered, many await the changes promised by the new President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. The office of President Jokowi faces several challenges, where the bulk of the problems lie with the Indonesian economy. Is he able to step up to the challenge of managing Southeast Asia’s largest economy?

In this closed-door discussion, EuroCham Singapore, in partnership with the EU Delegation, was pleased to welcome Mr. Harvey Rouse to share his thoughts and opinions about the current political landscape in Indonesia.

Participants were able to engage in a lively and stimulating discussion following the presentation, enabling them to acquire a more holistic understanding of the current political landscape.

Mr. Harvey Rouse is Counsellor and Head of the Trade & Economic Section in the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN. Before working in S.E. Asia, he gained considerable experience in Africa having served as the Head of Political & Trade Sections in the Delegations of the EU to Uganda (2008-2012) and Kenya (2004-2008).

Prior to taking up his post in Kenya, Mr. Rouse worked with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade, in Brussels as a coordinator of bilateral trade relations (Customs Union) with Turkey and also a Communications Strategy coordinator within the Trade Directorate.

He also has extensive experience in the private sector having worked for nine years as Vice President for the Motion Picture Association (which represents the seven Hollywood Studios). During this time, Harvey headed up EU Affairs for the MPA working in particular on trade issues and was also the American film industry’s spokesman in Europe.

Before the MPA, Harvey worked in the European Parliament, a prominent PR company and a law firm.

Mr. Rouse is a British national and has a B.A. (Hons) Degree in Politics and French and a Master Degree from the prestigious College of Europe in Bruges.

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