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Can Jokowi's omnibus laws be answer to Indonesia's complicated regulations?

  • Riza Roidila Mufti and Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 25, 2019   /  04:32 pm
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President Joko "Jokowi Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin sit down on the front steps of the Merdeka Palace while introducing the ministers in the new Cabinet on Wednesday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The phrase “omnibus law” has gained prominence ever since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo mentioned it in his inauguration speech on Sunday when he emphasized economic and bureaucratic reforms for the second term of his presidency. In his speech shortly after taking the oath of office in the House of Representatives compound in Central Jakarta, Jokowi pledged that, among other goals, his administration aimed to simplify regulations by creating two omnibus laws relating to job creation and the empowerment of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). “Both of these laws will be omnibus laws, namely a single law that revises several, even dozens of other laws. Dozens of laws that hamper job creation will be revised at the same time. Dozens of laws that hamper the development of small and medium enterprises will also be revised,” Jokowi said. He has man...