Is industrial sustainability possible in post-pandemic Indonesia?

Indonesia | Economy


Following the release of the Indonesia Covid-19 Response Report produced in partnership with PT Mowilex Indonesia, OBG’s Regional Editor for Asia, Patrick Cooke, is joined in a vidcast discussion by the CEO of the Indonesian paint manufacturer, Niko Safavi, to analyse some of the key trends and opportunities highlighted in the publication. With supply chains and labour mobility disrupted and demand depressed by pandemic-related restrictions, the discussion initially focuses on how manufacturing firms adapted to the unexpected challenges to ensure business continuity and employee wellbeing. As policymakers and business leaders seek to stimulate a recovery, the discussion explores potentially lasting retail and e-commerce trends that have emerged in South-east Asia’s largest economy during the pandemic, and examines the appeal of Indonesia as a location for manufacturing firms seeking to diversify supply chains away from China. Looking further ahead, the vidcast ends by asking if Indonesia is likely to emerge from the disruption with a renewed focus on the green economy and environmental commitments at the corporate level, and ponders whether a rise in e-commerce activity can be compatible with sustainability. The Indonesia Covid-19 Response Report, produced in partnership with PT Mowilex Indonesia, forms part of a wide range of specialist research and advisory tools produced by Oxford Business Group that explores the impact of the coronavirus on emerging markets.