Indonesia’s Jokowi warns successor against ‘changing the vision’ on infrastructure, minerals for future growth
Outgoing president Joko Widodo is seen to be banking on his popularity to back a contender who will continue his policies and buttress his legacyHis ‘Golden Indonesia’ economic road map aims to bring the country’s per capita gross domestic product to US$25,000 by 2045 and create 10 million jobsIndonesiaBloombergPublished: 3:02pm, 20 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP
Jokowi, as the president is known, forecasts 6 per cent to 7 per cent gross domestic product growth by 2027 to 2028 as the country reaps the benefits of his policies that include an aggressive infrastructure roll-out and the push for onshore processing of mineral resources. The top end of the annual forecast would be the fastest pace since 1996, according to compiled data.
“It has to be prepared so that there’s continuity,” he said in an interview near Bandung on Tuesday. “Each leader shouldn’t have their own vision – changing the vision and the orientation would put us back at the start,” he said when asked whether his successor will continue his programmes.
Ending a decade of rule next year, Jokowi, 62, is seen to be banking on his enduring popularity to back a presidential contender who will continue his policies and buttress his legacy. That will enable the former furniture maker who was once a political outsider to stay influential for years to come. Jokowi himself may even be building his own political dynasty.