Nadiem Makarim quits Gojek after accepting ministerial offer

Nadiem Makarim quits Gojek after accepting ministerial offer

Nadiem Makarim, the founder and CEO of Gojek. (photo/ Antara/ Wahyu Putro A/ FA)

The specific position will be announced by the president personally.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - CEO and founder of Gojek Nadiem Makaraim spoke of having tendered his resignation from the Unicorn startup since he had taken up an offer to be part of the Joko Widodo Administration’s new cabinet line-up

"I have relinquished my position in Gojek, and I no longer hold any authority. As per today, I have no position nor power whatsoever in Gojek," Makarim revealed here on Monday after meeting President Joko Widodo at the presidential palace.

Makarim said he had accepted the offer of a ministerial post though desisted from divulging details about his would-be specific position.

"The specific position will be announced by the president personally," he remarked.

"We discuss about the future vision and missions, matters concerning the detailed vision of Mr President on human resources development, bureaucracy information, investment promotion, and others," he stated.

Makarim admitted to having made several innovations for Indonesia.  

"Certainly, I want to do many innovations for this country. I cannot mention everything now," he remarked, adding that those innovations are in tune with President Jokowi’s vision.

"Everything refers to the vision and missions of Mr President. This is a remarkable honor for me, and hopefully, I would receive support in future. Thank you," Makarim told the media.

Apart from Makari, other people called to the palace to meet the president on Monday comprised former chief of the Constitutional Court (MK) Prof. Mahfud MD, District Head of South Minahasa Christiany Eugenia Tetty Paruntu, Chief Commissioner of NET Mediatama Television Wishnutama, and founder of Mahaka Group Erick Thohir.

Jokowi is expected to announce his new cabinet line-up on Oct 21, a day after he and Amin took their oath of office respectively as Indonesia's president and vice president for the 2019-2024 period.

Jokowi hinted at the cabinet members comprising several fresh faces and few old hands.

Few old hands would remain in the cabinet to carry forward their work for the subsequent period. However, several fresh faces, including professionals and millenials, will be seen in strategic positions, he pointed out.

The president revealed that professionals will occupy some 55 percent of the ministerial positions, while millennials under 30 years of age will also be included in the cabinet line-up.
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