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Indonesia president: domestic processing of resources to resolve deficit problem

 He mentioned Indonesia's plan to expand the nickel processing industry and urged miners to process more minerals at
November 20, 2019
  • He mentioned Indonesia's plan to expand the nickel processing industry and urged miners to process more minerals at home.
  • Indonesia has had persistent current account deficit since late-2011.

JAKARTA: Indonesian president Joko Widodo said on Wednesday the govnerment's policy of processing natural resources at home will end the country's current account deficit problem within three years.

Indonesia has had persistent current account deficit since late-2011. Last year's current account deficit was equal to 3pc of gross domestic product.

"I've calculated that if all (natural resources) move toward downstream industry, making intermediate products or end products, the current account deficit can be solved within three years," Widodo told a mining industry event.

He mentioned Indonesia's plan to expand the nickel processing industry and urged miners to process more minerals at home, such as bauxite and coal.