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Jakarta Post

Foreign, trade ministries' nomenclature change requires ‘deliberate thinking’

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 16, 2019   /  08:53 am
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Stronger ties: Vice President Jusuf Kalla (center), accompanied by Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan (fourth right), Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (sixth left) and Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita (fifth left), as well as heads of Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF) delegations, strikes a traditional musical instrument during the opening ceremony of the conference in Nusa Dua, Bali, on April 10.(Antara/Nyoman Budhiana)

With less than a week left until President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s inauguration for a second term, a heated debate has resurfaced among businesses and analysts over a plan to put the Trade Ministry’s international trade functions under the Foreign Ministry. Observers are wondering how far the new government might go in making fundamental structural changes to the ministry’s nomenclature and fear it may take too much precious time and energy away from more important tasks and might even increase business uncertainty. Yose Rizal Damuri, lead economic researcher at the Jakarta-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), said any plan to revise the Cabinet nomenclature required “deliberate thinking”. Dissolving and moving functions from the Trade Ministry to the Foreign Ministry, he said, had to be well planned, considering i...