30 Jul '15, 10pm

Growing protectionism hurting Indonesia: Study - The Straits Times

A report by two leading Indonesian researchers argues that growing protectionism by President Joko Widodo's government is damaging an economy already growing at its slowest pace for the past five years. The study, sponsored by the respected Lowy Institute in Australia, says new restrictions on foreign investment and trade will "drive up prices for Indonesian consumers at a time when their purchasing power is declining, and undermine the competitiveness and productivity of Indonesian firms". Dr Sjamsu Rahardja and Dr Arianto Patunru, based at the World Bank and Australian National University respectively, say that former Indonesian finance minister Muhamad Chatib Basri's old adage that "the good times make for bad policy and the bad times make for good policy" has been turned on its head by Mr Joko's government. In this case, "the bad times make for bad policy", they wrote....

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/growing-protecti...

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