Global Seminar Series. Linking economic nationalism with global value chain: Indonesia's nickel sector industrial policies

Crawford School of Public Policy

Event details

Public Seminar

Date & time

Wednesday 22 March 2023




Dr Kyunghoon Kim


Alex Gotts

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Time 8:30-10am WIB//12:30-2pm AEDT

About the seminar

Investment is rapidly flowing into Indonesia’s nickel sector. This trend follows a series of industrial policies that the Indonesian government has adopted since the mid-2010s. This presentation takes a close look at these policies and their consequences. It also reviews the historical background and political economic rationale behind these policies in order to understand whether the strengthening of resource nationalism is expected to be a lasting feature in Indonesia. The presentation finishes off by discussing policy implications, focusing on the applicability of similar strategies in other mineral sectors; effects of advanced countries’ local content rules; Indonesia’s position amid U.S.-China tensions; and global manufacturers’ value chain strategies.

About the speaker

Kyunghoon Kim is an Associate Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) where he is analysing the political economy and industrial policies of Asia’s developing countries. He holds a PhD in Development Studies – Political Economy from King’s College London and his thesis focused on the role of state-owned entities in economic development. Prior to his PhD, he received a Master’s degree from LSE and worked at the Samsung Economic Research Institute (SERI) covering ASEAN and EU for six years. His recent publications include journal articles in Structural Change & Economic Dynamics, Competition & Change, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and The Pacific Review.

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