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Jakarta Post

Growing pains: US tariff policy overshadows planned Jokowi visit

  • Made Anthony Iswara and Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 25, 2020   /  07:04 am
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (right) speaks with Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto before leading a limited cabinet meeting to prepare for Indonesia's participation in the Hannover Messe 2020 in Germany and World Expo Dubai 2020 in the United Arab Emirates, at the presidential compound in Jakarta, on February 17, 2020.(Antara/Hafidz Mubarak)

A recent United States decision to revoke Indonesia’s status as a developing country may have a dampening effect on the country’s trade interests, experts have said, as officials scramble to arrange a visit by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to the US next month. Few details of the plan for the President to meet US President Donald Trump have emerged, but the meeting has been backed by Jokowi’s senior aide, Coordinating Maritime and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, who recently returned from the US with the promise of US investment. Multiple meetings have been held between Indonesian and US officials in what some observers see as an apparent prelude to a visit by Jokowi. Others see it as a reaction to the removal of Indonesia’s “developing country” status at the World Trade Organization. Luhut’s visit to Washington on Feb...