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Jakarta Post

Jokowi tells ministers to support businesses

  • Anton Hermansyah and Fedina S. Sundaryani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 25, 2017   /  07:30 am
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In coordination: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) and Vice President Jusuf Kalla (second left) lead a limited Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Office in Jakarta on June 7. (Antara/Rosa Panggabean)

Bureaucratic hassles are an issue that Indonesia’s top leader knows all too well from his past experience as a furniture businessman. So it came as no surprise that during a plenary Cabinet meeting on Monday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo again advised his subordinates to make it easier for businesses to grow. While directly throwing jabs at the Environment and Forestry Ministry and the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Jokowi said several ministerial decrees had complicated business processes at a time when he had already set an ambitious target of propelling Indonesia to 40th position in the World Bank’s Doing Business report before 2019. Indonesia sat in 91st place in the 2017 report. “Don’t let decrees make them [businesspeople] afraid to invest and expand business, because it is necessary for job creation,” he said. Jo...