The new Minister of Trade is not a new face in Indonesian politics. Muhammad Lutfi was a member of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s first cabinet. He was the country’s Chief of Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) who later became Indonesia’s ambassador to Japan. With only months left to lead the Ministry of Trade, people are wondering whether or not Lutfi will be able to make any meaningful improvement in the country’s trade environment.
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