Enggar would immediately coordinate with the Agriculture Ministry, Industry Ministry and Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs.
Arief Kamaludin|KATADATA

Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita has said that one focus of his work will be to slash the prices of some basic commodities, as directly instructed by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

“We guarantee that we will try (to lower food prices) as long as they (traders) do not take huge margins,” said Enggar during the official handover of the position of Trade Minister from Thomas Lembong in Jakarta on Wednesday (27/7) afternoon.

Although he will not exclude the possibility of allowing food imports, Enggar has called for long-term domestic production to increase. The issue, however, lies in the ever-present potential for global food insecurity.

Therefore, the government will offer facilities for traders who breed stock domestically. (Picture: Jokowi Inaugurates the New Cabinet)

Nevertheless, the Trade Ministry cannot stabilise food prices on its own. Enggar said he would immediately coordinate with the Agriculture Ministry, Industry Ministry and Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs.

On the same occasion, newly appointed Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)Thomas Trikasih Lembong said Enggartiasto is the right man to replace him. “I believe Enggar is the right choice,” said the former trade minister.

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He said Enggar has vast experience in the nation as a businessman engaged in the property sector. As for politics, the new minister is also the Head of Foreign Relations for the Nasdem Party. Lembong believed this experience would arm Enggar to head the Trade Ministry.

Enggar was also a Golkar Party politician before his move to the Nasdem Party at the start of 2013. He is known as a property manager with a proven track record in various companies.

Enggar’s previous positions include President Director of Kemang Pratama, President Director of Bangun Tjipta Pratama, President Director of Supradinakarya Multijaya, President Director of Kartika Karisma Indah, and President Commissioner of Unicora Agung. He was also the Chair of Real Estate Indonesia (REI) from 1992 to 1995.