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Jakarta Post

Economy permeates foreign policy priorities

  • Dian Septiari and Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 30, 2019   /  09:44 am
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Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Indonesia’s diplomatic corps will further sharpen its focus on economic activities, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi announced on Tuesday, as she pledged a revamp of human resources management and asserted her leading role in coordinating efforts amid global challenges that have increasingly taken on an economic bent. Economic diplomacy remained the ministry’s number one priority, Retno said as she revealed the direction of Indonesia’s foreign policy for the next five years in her first official press statement after being reappointed last week. The priority programs, announced under Retno’s signature “4+1 formula”, comprise policies that the minister previously laid out during her annual foreign policy address at the beginning of the year, with the only addition being structural reforms. The other foreign policy priorities are protecting Ind...