Indonesia is one of the worst-hit countries in Asia from COVID-19, and the crisis is exerting considerable pressure on the country’s economy. Amid fears of social unrest across the archipelago state, Asia House welcomed Dr Chatib Basri, former Indonesian Minister of Finance, to update Corporate Members on the latest from Jakarta.
Speaking via video link, Dr Basri shared his views on how the coronavirus pandemic – and the lockdown it has necessitated – will shape Indonesia’s economy, as well as the government’s response to the crisis. He also addressed concerns around public unrest in Indonesia, especially among lower-middle income groups.
Asia House Corporate Members joined the digital briefing from around the world, with Dr Basri taking questions on FDI and supply chain shifts; how the pandemic will affect the government’s reform agenda; and the likely impact on upcoming local elections in the country.
Moderated by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence, the insightful briefing was held exclusively for Corporate Members as part of an ongoing series of digital events aimed at keeping Asia House’s global network informed throughout the crisis.
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