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Jakarta Post

Coronavirus begins to take toll on exports and tourism

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas and Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 4, 2020   /  03:15 pm
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Chinese tourists, some wearing facemasks as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, walk after arriving from Nusa Penida at the fast boat pier on Serangan Island in Denpasar, Bali on Jan. 26. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

The coronavirus has begun to take a toll not only on Indonesia’s tourist industry but also on exports, which could further cast a shadow on the country’s economic outlook. Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani said in Jakarta on Monday that Indonesia’s palm oil was among the commodities that had been affected as the virus outbreak had caused a delay in the commodity's shipment to China, one of major buyers of Indonesia’s palm oil. With the decline of trade with China, one of Indonesia’s main trade partners, it would be difficult for the government to reach its economic growth target of 5.3 percent this year.  “We expect economic growth will reach only 5 percent if the situation continues,” Hariyadi told reporters, adding that the country had lost about 1.7 million foreign tourists from China, whil...