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Jakarta Post

Dark skies ahead for Jokowi-Ma'ruf economic team: Economists

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 20, 2019   /  06:50 pm
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (left) and newly inaugurated Vice President Ma'ruf Amin meet wave to others in Jakarta on Thursday, before Widodo's departure to Japan to attend the G20 meeting. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The future economic team of newly inaugurated President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin will face several challenges ahead as industries falter, trade deteriorates and a skills gap amid rising automation threatens job growth, economists have said. Think tank Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) senior economist Didik J. Rachbini said Jokowi’s economic team in his first term in office left much to be desired as it lacked the teamwork needed to create efficient policies, citing manufacturing as an example of a sector that required change. Didik said the manufacturing sector, which he stated had received little attention in the past five years, needed special treatment from the future economic team so that exports could be revived. “There is a crucial need for the [new] government to revive industry, to increase ex...