Indonesia loses $4 billion every year due to poor procurement practices in the public sector, the Jakarta Globe reported Wednesday, citing a recent study by consultanting firm A.T. Kearney.
“This equals 40 years of operational cost for 32,000 schools in Indonesia. It also represents 20 percent of Indonesia’s public infrastructure spending,” said ShirleySantoso, a principal at Kearney, in a statement obtained by the Jakarta Globe.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono created the Government Public Procurement Agency (LKPP) in 2010 to monitor and evaluate procurement practices within the public sector.
John Kurtz, head of A.T. Kearney’s Asia-Pacific division, said transforming infrastructure programs across the public sector and state-owned enterprises could save the country up to $1.7 billion.
Among the procurement projects mired in graft allegations is the recent purchase of buses for the TransJakarta network. The Attorney General’s Office last month named several officials from the Jakarta Transportation Office as suspects in the case.
The implicated officials include former Jakarta Transportation Office chief Udar Pristono, who signed the $127.2 million contract for the Chinese buses, which were overpriced and found to be in poor condition upon arriving in the capital earlier this year.
Julie DiMauro is the executive editor of FCPA Blog and can be reached here.