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New Cabinet: Fresh effort to boost economy

  • Nezar Patria, Karina M. Tehusijarana and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 15, 2019   /  07:30 am
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and vice president-elect Ma'ruf Amin.(ANTARA/Wahyu Putro A.)

With Indonesia’s economy softening and facing pressure from around the world, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo plans to overhaul the Cabinet to address economic issues to boost exports, investments and the digital economy. President Jokowi, who is to take up his second five-year term starting in October, said the upcoming lineup of Cabinet ministers has been finalized and is to be announced in the near future. While the number of ministries would remain the same at 34, several ministries would be given new economy-related tasks, with an aim to improve exports and the current account deficit, which the President said was the country's biggest economic problem at present. "We will give the task of improving exports to the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The additional function is not political, but for economic diplomacy," Jokowi told a group of chief edito...