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Safeguarding domestic producers during pandemic

  • Putu Surya Resa Aditya and Jessica Callista

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 29 2020   /  01:00 am
Aerial view of Tanjung priok industrial port with container ships.(Shutterstock.com/Creativa Images)

With the current COVID-19 pandemic hitting almost every country, world leaders are adjusting their policies to prioritize their respective national interests. The Indonesian government has issued policies to safeguard human health and safety by limiting domestic business activities and the movement of people in certain big cities. At the same time, however, such policies are indirectly hampering trade between Indonesia and other countries. While the world’s most populous country, China, is recovering from the virus and preparing to boost its long-held exports, Indonesia is still in the process of gradually relaxing restrictions. With the limitations of doing business since March, domestic business players have been struggling to keep their businesses and factories running. Most of their expansion plans have been changed to the “survival-mode” plan. Now they are fa...