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Jakarta Post

Revamping the Foreign Ministry

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 14 2018   /  01:25 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has often ordered Indonesian diplomats and envoys to improve their economic diplomacy activities. It is therefore a good time for the President to seriously consider a structural revamp of the Foreign Ministry, because the current structure puts more emphasis on general regional, multilateral and international legal affairs, and lacks specific attention on the economy.

In his meeting with 134 Indonesian ambassadors, consul generals, consuls and overseas permanent representatives on Monday, Jokowi stressed again their mission to boost exports and foreign investment. The President still has more than 18 months to realize his ambitious goals. Implementing his instruction would require substantial restructuring and readjustment measures.

Further, quality and dedicated diplomats are strongly required. The quality of Indonesian diplomats has bee...