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Jokowi’s ‘hatred' of foreign products raises eyebrows

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, March 6, 2021   /  10:50 am
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo attends a virtual dialogue with 50 global business leaders held by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Bogor, West Java, on Nov. 25, 2020.(Presidential Palace Press Bureau/Muchlis Jr)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ruffled some feathers in the international community this week after inciting “hate” for foreign products, in what officials claim is just part of a bid to spotlight Indonesia’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sector and make the most of the country’s large domestic consumer market. Over the past few years, Jokowi has been forthcoming with his brand of economic nationalism, which permeates much of his domestic agenda and foreign policy. But the President appeared to strike the wrong chord on Thursday, prompting observers to warn him about tailoring his messages so as to avoid alienating investors. Speaking at a national coordination meeting of the Trade Ministry, Jokowi laid out a national strategy for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, in which he urged industries to prioritize the use of local com...