Two of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first-term Cabinet ministers, namely Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono and Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, have confirmed their return to Jokowi’s second-term Cabinet.
Basuki and Agus were summoned separately by Jokowi to the State Palace on Tuesday, in continuation of meetings between the President and numerous high-profile figures ─ including professionals and politicians ─ to discuss ministerial positions in the next Cabinet.
“Pak Jokowi told me to continue the development of infrastructure projects in accordance with [Jokowi’s] vision, namely to connect the infrastructure development with industrial and tourist areas,” Basuki said after the meeting.
When asked whether he would continue serving at the helm of the Public Works and Housing Ministry, Basuki asserted once again that the President had only ordered him to continue the development of projects.
Agus, who is also a Golkar Party politician, said Jokowi had assigned him tasks related to the development of human resources as well as transforming manufacturing so that small industries could become part of the supply chain in the industry sector.
Agus was also tight-lipped when asked which specific ministerial seat he would be assigned to. “Let’s wait for the President’s announcement [on Wednesday],” he said.
In addition to Basuki and Agus, Jokowi has also summoned Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who had confirmed that she would continue serving as finance minister, as well as Nasdem Party politician Siti Nurbaya Bakar, the Environment and Forestry Minister in Jokowi’s first-term Cabinet.
The President is expected to announce the final lineup of his Cabinet on Wednesday.