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Jakarta Post

Jokowi gather economists, biz associations in a lunch

  • Ayomi Amindoni
    Ayomi Amindoni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 22, 2016   /  05:15 pm
Jokowi gather economists, biz associations in a lunch President Joko Widodo gathers economists and chairmen of three business associations in a lunch meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Sept. 22. (JP/Ayomi Amindoni)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo held a lunch meeting with prominent economists and business association leaders at the Merdeka Palace on Thursday to discuss Indonesia's current economic condition.

During the lunch meeting, Jokowi said global economic conditions had yet to be improved as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) projected a decline in global economic growth.

While on the home front, exports remain sluggish due to persistently low commodity prices.

"However, I am optimistic there are opportunities that we can take, [...] I want massive investment flows in, because every time I travel abroad we become the target of capital inflows, but we are still facing many problems, many obstacles," Jokowi explained.

The prominent economists invited to the lunch meeting, among others, were Raden Pardede, Hendri Saparini, Destry Damayanti, Iman Sugema, Enny Sri Hartati, Tony Prasetyantono, Revrisond Baswir and A Prasetyantoko.

Chairmen of three prominent business associations also attended the meeting, namely Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan Roslani, Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani and Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (Hipmi) chairman Bahlil Lahadia. (ags)