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Jakarta Post

Indonesia looks to China, South Korea for medical supplies

  • Mardika Parama and Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 9 2020   /  12:40 am

Indonesia is looking to China and South Korea to become the country’s main suppliers of medical equipment as nations worldwide scramble for supplies to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19.

The government expects South Korean and Indonesian companies to produce test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) in Indonesia, while Chinese enterprises have been importing test kits, ventilators and medical-grade PPE, such as N-95 masks.

“We are taking coordinated steps between industries, factories and the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry to obtain materials,” Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman Bahlil Lahadalia said in a video conference on Tuesday, saying that air shipping would expedite the delivery of goods.

Demand for materials to produce medical supplies is spiking, as industries alter and ramp up their production lines to produce medical and...