JAKARTA — Indonesia must use the pandemic to reboot Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, including by improving food and energy security, as well as processing more natural resources at home, President Joko Widodo said on Friday. Widodo made the remarks in his annual state of the union speech to parliament. Due to coronavirus precautions, less than half of the lawmakers were present for his address, with the rest watching online. Likening the current economic situation to “a computer crash” causing stagnation, he said Indonesia, along with other countries, must “shutdown, restart and reboot”. “We must not let the crisis bring about setbacks. In fact, we must capitalize on the crisis as a momentum to make a big leap,” said Widodo, who was wearing a traditional outfit from the Sabu people in the eastern part of the archipelago. The government expects the economy to post near flat growth this year due to the pandemic, which has infected over 132,000 people and caused nearly 6,000 deaths, the highest death toll in Southeast Asia. Last year, the economy grew 5%. Widodo said accelerating reform of the health sector was a top priority, along with strengthening food supply chains, including with a newly planned food… Read full this story
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