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ADB New Country Director for Indonesia, Jon Lindborg Looks Forward to Enhancing Development Partnership
The new ADB Country Director for Indonesia, Jon Lindborg assumes office today and looks forward to sustaining and enhancing ADB's strong partnerships with the Government of Indonesia, the private sector, civil society organizations and other development partners.
Mr. Lindborg has over 25 years of professional and senior development management experience in Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, South Asia and the Middle East, with a particular focus on private sector development and public-private sector partnership (PPP).
Mr. Lindborg is not new to Indonesia. He first served in Indonesia with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a Private Sector Development Officer from 1988-1993. Later, he was the USAID/Indonesia Deputy Head of Mission during 2002-2005. He was then assigned to the U.S. Embassy Manila for four years as the USAID/Philippines Mission Director before he joined ADB in 2009. At ADB he led the formulation and articulation of policy and strategy to accelerate PPPs in Southeast Asia.
As a longtime friend of the country, Mr. Lindborg said he is happy to be back in Indonesia and notes the very impressive economic and political transformations the country has made over the past decade. “It is fascinating to consider the changes sweeping across Indonesia in recent years. The country has transformed into a resilient middle-income country and a leading player in the region and globally.”
Mr. Lindborg acknowledged that Indonesia’s remarkable success has brought new challenges to the country in ensuring that growth is inclusive and environmentally sustainable. He notes that strong growth has outpaced the country’s ability to build necessary infrastructure and support regional connectivity. Likewise, strengthening human resources will be critical to improving Indonesia’s competitiveness and productivity. He added that improving the investment climate and public service delivery are widely seen as important in creating new and expanded job opportunities. While Indonesia’s economic fundamentals remain strong, the impact of current global economic developments could affect exports and capital flows.
Mr. Lindborg said that ADB collaboration with the Government will need to be refined to meet evolving priorities and challenges, particularly in supporting the Government’s Masterplan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia Economic Development 2011-2025. ADB is currently finalizing its new Country Partnership Strategy in close consultation with the Government.
“I am keen to strengthen ADB’s role as a responsive and results-oriented partner to Indonesia and will continue to support its pursuit of a better and prosperous country in the years to come,” Mr. Lindborg said.
ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members – 48 from the region. In 2010, ADB approvals, including co-financing, totaled $17.51 billion. In addition, ADB's ongoing Trade Finance Program supported $2.8 billion in trade.
Jon Lindborg joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as Advisor for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the Southeast Asia Department in August 2009. As an Advisor on the PPP, Mr. Lindborg led the formulation and articulation of policy,strategy and programs to accelerate PPP in Southeast Asia. He supported the integration of PPP into ADB operations; monitored investment climate developments in Southeast Asia; and engaged Governments and other stakeholders in policy dialogue on reforms to enhance the incentive framework for greater private sector participation.
Mr. Lindborg has over 25 years of professional and senior management experience in a diverse range of development assistance programs, with a particular focus on private sector development and PPPs.
A career U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer, he joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 1987, where he held various progressively responsible technical and program leadership positions in Washington DC, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.
Before joining the ADB, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy Manila for four years as the USAID/Philippines Mission Director. In this capacity, he directed the U.S. Government’s bilateral assistance program in the Philippines with a program portfolio of nearly US$600 million.
Prior to the Philippines, he was the USAID/Indonesia Deputy Mission Director at the U.S. Embassy Jakarta and played a leading role in the U.S. Government’s response to the tsunami disaster in Aceh.
Before his senior management positions with USAID, Mr. Lindborg directed economic reform and enterprise development programs as a USAID Private Sector Development Officer in Jordan, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Before joining USAID, Mr. Lindborg was a Country Director for the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific, manager of his family’s farm in Indiana, USA and a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and Trainer in the Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific.
Mr. Lindborg earned a master’s degree from Purdue University, USA (1985) and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, USA (1975).