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Jakarta Post

Indonesia raises spending for COVID-19 as G20 pledges coordinated response

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 26, 2020   /  11:40 am
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Former vice president Jusuf Kalla greets Finance Minister Sri Mulyani with a COVID-19 style handshake at a meeting at the vice presidental office in Jakarta on March 12. (Instagram/jusufkalla)

Indonesia is preparing new measures that include cash transfers for underprivileged families and laid-off employees affected by COVID-19 and fundraising for health care, as the G20 nations pledge a coordinated response to the coronavirus to prevent spillover effects on the economy. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government was considering raising the amount of social funds for more than 15 million underprivileged families, adding the government would also roll out a training program and provide Rp 1 million (US$ 61.24) for laid-off employees for three months. “We will help our communities to survive and receive essential goods while also obeying the government’s policy to reduce activities to contain the spread of the virus,” Sri Mulyani told reporters in a teleconferenced briefing on Tuesday following a meeting with finance ministers and central ...