"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

The headquarters of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in 
Jakarta. (BeritaSatu Photo)
"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Indonesia Must Heed the Golden Rule for Attracting Investors

Jakarta Globe, James Van Zorge, March 24, 2010

In comparison to other emerging economies, Indonesia should qualify as a prime investment destination for multinational corporations. Inflation rates are low and the currency is stable. Tax and wage policies are reasonable and competitive. Public debt is not excessive. The domestic market for most consumer products is huge and growing. There is political stability.

Yet, there is also a gnawing feeling that something is not right. Indonesia should be attracting more foreign direct investment. Gita Wirjawan, the head of the Investment Coordinating Board, has been trying to promote Indonesia as a place to do business. He is attempting to open up more sectors to foreign investors with the hope that additional opportunities will translate into more dollars flowing into the economy.

To a certain extent, Gita’s thinking is right. Business thrives on opportunity. And when the right opportunity presents itself, you can be sure that business will follow.

The problem is, not everybody in the Indonesian government shares Gita’s attitude. Many politicians say they want more investment but they fail to act accordingly. They don’t always admit it, but in their heart-of-hearts they view foreign investment as a necessary evil to be accepted grudgingly if at all. They think if a foreign company invests in the country it means one less opportunity for a local businessman. In their minds, if a multinational corporation has a profitable business in Indonesia, then something is wrong and it should be punished somehow.

Unfortunately, a double standard is being applied here. Indonesian politicians complain that the wages being paid by multinational corporations to local employees are too low yet they say nothing when domestic companies pay the same or even lower salaries to their own workers. They become rabid environmentalists when talking about foreign natural resource companies but fall silent when locals pollute or cut down huge swathes of precious rain forest.

Multinationals are constantly being lectured by Indonesian politicians that they must exercise corporate social responsibility — which means putting some of their profits back into a local community for much-needed public services such as education and health care. A noble undertaking, indeed, and many foreign executives are keen to have their companies make meaningful social contributions. One could only wish that more local conglomerates would be expected to do the same.

Treating local companies with kid gloves and bludgeoning multinationals with a hammer is, of course, nothing new in developing countries. As a matter of fact, it used to be a lot worse. In the 20th century, during the post-colonial era, it was not unusual to have leaders of newly-independent countries berating and punishing foreign investors for their capitalist ways. State-run economies and protectionist policies were fashionable. With memories of colonial masters still strong, expropriation as an act of delayed revenge was a convenient — and popular — policy weapon.

Today’s leaders of developing countries are not completely convinced about the professed benefits of globalization but they are more likely to seek market-friendly policies than before, if for no other reason than the fear that their economies will be punished for doing otherwise. They might offer some polite applause for Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez or even the generals of Burma for their chuztpah and machismo in facing down the West. But they also know that testosterone-charged behavior doesn’t help to pay the bills.

Still, old habits die hard. Some of the world’s largest emerging economies — Russia, China and India — often make the news for their shoddy treatment of investors. Indonesia is no exception. President Yudhoyono claims that his country is open for business but he should not forget that foreign investors have an elephant’s memory. Every time a multinational gets a raw deal and is treated badly by the government, boardrooms take notice.

If Indonesia’s leaders are serious about beating the competition, attracting more foreign direct investment and reaping the rewards of higher growth rates, then they have to realize that just whispering sweet nothings into the ears of executives will not win the day. When asking a company to risk its hard-earned capital, government officials should remember that actions speak louder than words.

What actions, then, might win over investors? There are many, but perhaps the best way to proceed is to follow the golden rule and “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

How would the Indonesian government react, for example, if one of its state-owned enterprises had invested a billion dollars in the US only to wake up one day and find out that a powerful senator had forced himself upon the company to become a shareholder?

As another example, how would an Indonesian executive feel if his company set up shop in a foreign country and suddenly faced demands by government officials to pay millions of dollars in return for an operating license that was normally given out for free to others?

Indonesians know how they would feel and react to such rude and unethical behavior. They should therefore find it easy to apply this golden rule when dealing with foreign investors in their own country.

Fortunately, there are people like Gita inside the government who can pass the word around that multinational corporations are not much different from their Indonesian counterparts: they just want to be treated fairly.

James Van Zorge is a manager of Van Zorge, Heffernan & Associates, a business consultancy based in Jakarta. He can be reached at jamesvanzorge@yahoo.com.

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