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This paper highlights the protectionist shift in Indonesia, and argue that this will harm Indonesia’s economic prospects.

Key findings

  • Despite increasing economic challenges, Indonesia is likely to continue raising non-tariff barriers to trade.
  • These protectionist measures are likely to prove counterproductive, raising prices for Indonesian consumers and reducing the competitiveness of Indonesian firms.
  • This trend toward protectionism enjoys broad political support in Jakarta, and is likely to continue under President Jokowi.
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