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Jokowi’s Cabinet overhaul gets business thumb up

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, August 19, 2019   /  03:33 pm
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, dressed in golden attire with a black and gold sarong and traditional headband from West Nusa Tenggara, delivers his State of the Nation address at the House of Representatives complex in Jakarta on Friday. Jokowi said last week that he planned to overhaul the Cabinet to ensure his economic program in second term can be carried out more effectively.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

While voicing their support for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to shake up ministerial structures as part of his second-term bureaucratic reforms, businesses and analysts have said that more could be done to further support efforts to revitalize the economy. In a recent meeting with chief editors, including The Jakarta Post’s, Jokowi unveiled some of his plans to merge ministries and establish a new ministry, a new investment ministry that will supervise the Investment Coordinating Board’s (BKPM) effort to attract investment. The Trade Ministry will, for example, be merged with the Industry Ministry to focus on domestic trade and industrial affairs, while the former’s international trade role will be carried out under the Foreign Ministry in a push to boost export performance. Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said the shakeup would ...