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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

May 17 2018

Bank Indonesia hikes key interest rate to boost fragile rupiah

JAKARTA Indonesia's central bank on Thursday hiked its benchmark interest rate for the first time since November 2014, as expected, in a bid to bolster the fragile rupiah.

May 04 2018

Indonesia looks to blockchain to fix its dodgy data challenges

JAKARTA Indonesia, like other emerging markets, has historically struggled to keep accurate records due to a lack of expertise and resources, but the public and private sectors are now looking at blockchain technology to overcome some of these challenges.

Apr 25 2018

Indonesian president turns to populist policies ahead of tough 2019 election

JAKARTA Soon after taking office in 2014, Indonesian President Joko Widodo made a landmark decision to cut subsidies on politically sensitive fuel prices to boost the economy, but a year out from a tough re-election campaign, his reformist zeal may be waning.

Apr 24 2018

Indonesia central bank intervenes with 'sizeable amount' to defend rupiah

JAKARTA Indonesia's central bank has been buying sovereign bonds and selling foreign currency in "quite a sizeable amount" to halt the rupiah's depreciation since last week and will continue to stabilise the currency, its governor said on Tuesday.

Apr 13 2018

Shell asks Indonesia to reconsider new fuel pricing policy

JAKARTA Royal Dutch Shell has asked Indonesia to rethink a policy allowing the government to control domestic fuel pricing, a company official said, an area "fundamental" to its fuel distribution business.

Apr 12 2018

Moody's upgrades Indonesia's sovereign rating in boost to Widodo's economic agenda

JAKARTA Moody's Investors Services on Friday upgraded Indonesia's sovereign credit ratings a notch above its lowest investment grade, citing effective policies to support broad economic stability, in a boost to President Joko Widodo's drive to rev-up growth.

Apr 12 2018

World Bank raises East Asia's 2018 GDP outlook, but wary of trade war

JAKARTA The World Bank raised its growth forecast for East Asia and the Pacific for 2018, but warned that a possible U.S.-China trade war could harm growth in countries that are part of the Chinese goods supply chain.

Apr 04 2018

Indonesia goes hi-tech in hunt for tax assets after amnesty

JAKARTA Indonesia's tax office plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to update its outdated technology to boost low tax compliance and raise revenue collection in Southeast's largest economy, the country's tax chief told Reuters.

Mar 15 2018

Rescue plan for Indonesia insurer Bumiputera falls through

JAKARTA A rescue plan for Indonesian life insurer Bumiputera has collapsed after it failed to agree with Evergreen Invesco - its planned white knight - over the size of a capital injection.

Nov 30 2017

Farmer wages may offer clues as weak demand baffles Indonesian officials

JAKARTA In trying to solve a major economic headache, large fluctuations in food prices, Indonesia may have unintentionally exacerbated another: domestic demand, the archipelago's main economic engine, which remains stubbornly sluggish.


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