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Webinar | Derailed? COVID-19’s Implications for Jokowi’s Ambitions

28 May Webinar | Derailed? COVID-19’s Implications for Jokowi’s Ambitions


Indonesian President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” began his second term in office with lofty ambitions. Adding human capital development to his previous focus on infrastructure, Jokowi also pushed for the passage of numerous omnibus laws to make Indonesia more attractive to investors. However, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have put these plans on hold. Indonesia’s economic growth in the first quarter of 2020 amounted to 2.97%, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered their projection for Indonesia’s 2020 growth rate from an initial 5.1% to 0.5% amid domestic disruptions to economic activity. With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic nowhere in sight, there are growing questions about how Jokowi’s government will handle this crisis while still moving to fulfil his ambitions.

  • What were the main thrusts of Jokowi’s policies prior to the onset of COVID-19?
  • How has COVID-19 affected the passage of the various omnibus laws and efforts to develop human capital?
  • To what extent will the economy and Jokowi’s policies be able to rebound in 2021, and what advice do you have for businesses who are invested in Indonesia?


Event Details:

Topic: Derailed? COVID-19’s Implications for Jokowi’s Ambitions
Date: Thursday, 28th May 2020
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Webinar broadcast opens at 11:55am; Webinar commences at 12:00pm.)

11:55am              Webinar broadcast opens
12:00pm             Introductory Remarks by Ms. Seraphim Cheong
12:05pm             Opening Remarks by Associate Prof. Simon Tay
12:10pm              Remarks by speakers on the Derailed? COVID-19’s Implications for Jokowi’s Ambitions
12:20pm             Discussion and Q&A Session
12:55pm             Closing Remarks
1:00pm               Webinar Ends


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