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Jokowi Readies G-20 Deals to Showcase Indonesia’s Growing Clout

  • Nation to ink pacts on coal phaseout, digital money this month
  • President looking to leave a legacy of growth, investment
Joko Widodo gives a speech in Bali in March.
Joko Widodo gives a speech in Bali in March.

Photographer: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images

Indonesia is using the Group of 20 summit next week to power through deals ranging from infrastructure to carbon trading that spotlights its ambitions as a Southeast Asian economic powerhouse. 

Much is at stake for Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who is targeting $89 billion in investments next year while pushing ahead with a $34 billion new capital in Borneo. All these plans need funding and support from wealthier, developed nations.