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Delivering structural transformation to Indonesia

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 28, 2019   /  03:34 pm
Delivering structural transformation to Indonesia In his inaugural address, the President warned of the dangers of getting stuck in routine. This is equally true if we want to truly break our resource curse. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Reforms cannot simply be “sent”; they have to be “delivered”. That is what President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo envisions as he embarks on his second term. He will need this determination to achieve one of his biggest priorities this time around: structural reform. “We have to transform our dependence on natural resources into competitive and modern manufacturing and service capabilities,” he explained. This is something that the government has championed for years, but using the President’s own language, Indonesia’s “structural reform” has only been sent. It has yet to be delivered. Today, 60 percent of our exports of merchandise still come from agriculture, minerals and metals. This reality is more jarring when we look at our neighbors. Vietnam’s biggest exports are TV and radio transmitters, and electronic m...

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