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Foreign Ministry gears up for portfolio expansion

  • Dian Septiari
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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, August 20, 2019   /  01:02 pm
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Foreign Ministry is preparing adjustments to its portfolio expansion, as questions linger about how the expansion would solve Indonesia’s weak exports and current account deficit. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said last week that he planned to overhaul the Cabinet to address economic issues and boost exports and investments, including by giving the task of improving exports to the Foreign Ministry so that it would perform not only political diplomacy, but also economic diplomacy. “We will follow the direction of [Jokowi’s planned] policy; what was already stated in public and indicated that the ministries in question would have their mandates adjusted,” Foreign Ministry acting spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah said recently. The Foreign Ministry, according to Faizasyah, would make preparations based on the information received so far p...