Indonesia

I’m in Indonesia, celebrating – clinching a deal with a client here re social networking software… At least, I’d like to be celebrating, but of course it’s Ramadan, so we’re raising a glass of diet Coke to the future of PMB in Jakarta. Exciting stuff. I feel like I’ve just given birth, having nursed this deal for the past several months. In fact, I’m hoping it’s a multiple birth, there’s definitely something else in the pipeline…

Indonesia is such a vibrant country, the opportunities here are endless, I  just wish they could sort the traffic problems out. Maybe it’s something you just get used to…

The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; Japan occupied the islands from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan’s surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hostilities, and UN mediation before the Netherlands agreed to transfer sovereignty in 1949. Indonesia’s first free parliamentary election after decades of repressive rule took place in 1999. Indonesia is now the world’s third-largest democracy, the world’s largest archipelagic state, and home to the world’s largest Muslim population. Current issues include: alleviating poverty, improving education, preventing terrorism, consolidating democracy after four decades of authoritarianism, implementing economic and financial reforms, stemming corruption, holding the military and police accountable for past human rights violations, addressing climate change, and controlling avian influenza. In 2005, Indonesia reached a historic peace agreement with armed separatists in Aceh, which led to democratic elections in Aceh in December 2006. Indonesia continues to face low intensity armed resistance by the separatist Free Papua Movement.

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