Why Sri Mulyani Indrawati is Asia's best finance minister

A laser-like focus on increasing tax income helps Indonesia's finance minister stand out. The country's economy is likely to continue improving, although infrastructure remains a concern.

For the majority of Asia's finance minister, our Finance Minister of the Year study will have made uncomfortable reading. 

Most ministers failed to capitalise on the global economic upswing to instigate meaningful structural reform in 2017 ahead of an inevitable rise in interest rates. 

Instead, finance ministers continued to luxuriate in record-low interest rates to maintain towering government debts and persistent budget deficits. 

Indeed, the majority of the ministers in the list could easily have been ranked lower down it was harder to name the losers than it was the winners.  

In the end, one name...

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