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Indonesia’s Protectionism on the Rise Under Widodo, Report Says

Indonesian President Joko Widodo raised import tariffs this month, and then asked visiting Prime Minister David Cameron to do the opposite by cutting U.K. duties for Indonesian goods.

Widodo’s government is reacting to a slowdown in Southeast Asia’s largest economy by ratcheting up protectionist measures, said Arianto Patunru and Sjamsu Rahardja in a report Thursday for the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney. That is a departure from a historical trend of Indonesian leaders using bad times to make good policy reforms, they said.