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Jakarta Post

Discourse: Ministry tries new things but keeps to proven traditions in 2020

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 16, 2020   /  03:50 pm
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Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi speaks during an interview with The Jakarta Post on Friday, March 13, 2020.( JP/ I Gede Dharma JS )

Even before the coronavirus crisis, 2020 had already proven to be both challenging and interesting for Indonesian foreign policy. The Jakarta Post’s Dian Septiari, Apriza Pinandita and Tama Salim recently sat down with Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi to talk about how the country’s foreign policy priorities have shifted. The following are excerpts from the interview:   Question: Last year President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo told diplomats to put 70 percent of their resources into economic diplomacy. How have you implemented this objective? Answer: I think Indonesia is not the only one doing it. Almost all countries do it, especially given the current economic situation, which is not easy. The ministry’s Policy Analysis and Development Agency has started looking into things that have never been done before, such as doing research about market po...