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Cabinet shake-up expected to accelerate COVID-19 spending, spur economy

  • Riska Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, December 23, 2020   /  07:59 pm
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A staff member works on coronavirus serology tests at the laboratory of Pertamina Central Hospital in Jakarta on Dec. 16.(REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana)

The newly installed ministers in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet should improve the government’s COVID-19 pandemic handling and health spending to support the country’s economic recovery, experts have said. Institute of Development on Economics and Finance (Indef) economist Eko Listiyanto said the new ministers’ performance going forward would be largely determined by how they overcome the current global health crisis, particularly regarding vaccine procurement and distribution. “The lead is on the health minister with his important role in the country’s handling of the crisis. The impact will extend to the other ministries,” Eko told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “Once the pandemic is under control, then we can talk about the economy.” He said the latest Cabinet reshuffle, particularly the replacement of ...