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Jakarta Post

Foreign-trade ministry? Not going to happen 'overnight'

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 17 2019   /  12:32 am

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 it might not be fully accomplished within...