Bali’s Man at the Presidential Palace

A.A. Gede Ngurah Puspayoga is Sole Balinese Named to Joko Widodo’s Presidential Cabinet
After failing in his bid to become the Governor of Bali in the May 2013 elections, Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Puspayoga has become the only Balinese to win a seat in the “working cabinet” of Indonesian president Joko Widodo. Puspayoga has been sworn in at the State Palace in Jakarta as the Minister for Cooperatives and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.

Born on July 7, 1965, Puspayoga has served previously as the chairman of the PDI-P party in Bali (1997-2000), the vice-chairman of the PDI-P party in Bali (1995-1997) and the chairman for East Denpasar of the PDI-P (1999-2000). Married to I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darawati, Puspayoga also works as a lecturer at Bali’s Ngurah Rai University and has also served at the chairman of the Denpasar House of Representative (DPRD-Denpasar (1999-2000).

He has also served as the Mayor of Bali’s capital city of Denpasar (2000-2005 & 2005-2008) and the Vice-Governor of Bali (2008-2013). The Secretary for the Ministry for Cooperatives and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Agus Murharram, has publicly welcomed Puspayoga’s appointment, saying the Ministerial team looked forward to bringing their dedication and hard works to bear in support of their new boss. Observers warn that Puspayoga will face many challenges in his new role and the need to improve the general welfare of the public.

The Ministry currently supervises 206,000 cooperatives with a combined membership of 36 million. Of the 206,000 cooperatives registered in Indonesia, however, it is estimated that as much as 71% exist in name only, another 23% are in a state of suspended animation and only 6% of all cooperatives can be considered to fully functional. As a result, cooperatives are credited with making a meager 2% contribution to the Gross National Product.

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