KOMPAS.com – Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Indonesia has set an optimistic target for its non-oil and gas export in 2021. The Ministry of Trade targets the non-oil and gas export to grow more than 38 percent next year.
Minister of Trade Agus Suparmanto said that the target was based on some economic activities that began to improve. The minister also said that as Covid-19 vaccines have arrived early this month, the economic activity could gradually recover.
Besides, the government has signed various free trade agreements that are expected to boost exports next year.
Meanwhile, two ministerial posts – maritime affairs and fisheries and social affairs – need replacement after both ministers who were allegedly involved in different corruption cases were detained by the country’s anti-graft body.
A politician from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggles (PDI-P), Ahmad Basarah, said that his party has five qualified cadres to replace the former Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara who was allegedly involved in Covid-19 graft aid. Juliari is also one of the PDI-P members.
Two of the five qualified cadres include Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini and former Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat, said Basarah.
Previously, Mayor Risma was offered a cabinet position by President Joko Widodo but she refused the offer. She said at that time she still loves Surabaya.