President Joko Widodo has reportedly approved a proposal
from Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati to appoint
Pakpahan, who will assume the role on December 1.
Pakpahan, who is currently the director general of budget
financing and risk management, has spent his entire career at
the tax office.
"In my opinion, [Robert] is moderate and calm," Yustinus
Prastowo, executive director of the Center for Indonesia
Taxation Analysis, told the Jakarta Post. "It is an indication
that the tax office will have a softer approach."
Indonesia is undergoing a series of tax reforms and
improving the capacity of its tax authority, and wants to
create a cooperative relationship with businesses.
Pakpahan’s role, therefore, will be crucial.