Jokowi’s Announcement and Jokowidjaja’s Role
In early March, the government signed a rice import MoU with Thailand. There is belief that a Thai businessman from Indonesia was involved.
BILLY Haryanto was in shock after he found out the Indonesian government was planning to import rice from Thailand, the world’s largest rice exporter. The two countries had signed a rice import MoU in early March.
His surprise was not due to the import plan. The businessman at the Cipinang Rice Central Market in Jakarta was confused when he learned about the potential exporting country. “Why Thailand? Their rice is more expensi...