The Journey of the New Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi

The Journey of the New Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi – Muhammad Lutfi enters President Jokowi's new cabinet of ministers. This means that Lutfi has served as Minister of Trade twice throughout his career. What made Muhammad Lutfi deserve to be the Minister of Trade for the second time? Please see Muhammad Lutfi's reputation in the following explanation.

President Joko Widodo appointed Muhammad Lutfi as the new Minister of Trade, replacing Agus Suparmanto, on Tuesday (22/12/2020). President Joko Widodo announced 6 new ministerial candidates in the Indonesia Onward Cabinet. Muhammad Lutfi is a person who has held several important statuses until now.

Even at first, Muhammad Lutfi had also occupied the highest status in a government agency. He is also ambassador to two countries.

Then what is the reputation of Muhammad Lutfi, the new Minister of Trade? Read his narrative below.

Muhammad Lutfi was born in Jakarta, August 16 1969 to Firdaus Wadjdi who is of Minangkabau blood and Suhartini who is from Kebumen, Central Java.

Muhammad Lutfi is an alumnus of Purdue University, Indiana, United States of America. After graduating from higher education, he and Erick Thohir, Wishnu Wardhana and Harry Zulnardy founded the Mahaka Group. Mahaka Group is a company engaged in the mining, financial and medium sectors. Muhammad Lutfi also serves as President Director and CEO of the Mahaka Group.

When he was 29 years old, he held the position of Chairman of the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association for Greater Jakarta (HIPMI JAYA) in the 1998-2001 period and became the National Chairman of HIPMI in the 2001-2004 period.

In 2005, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) appointed Muhammad Lutfi to become Head of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BPKM).

Then in 2010, he became the Indonesian Ambassador to Japan and the Micronesian League in August 2010. Muhammad Lutfi is the youngest person to ever work at the Indonesian Embassy and at that time was one of the youngest ambassadors to represent Indonesia internationally.

In February 2014, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appointed Muhammad Lutfi as Minister of Trade in the United Indonesia Cabinet II to replace Gita Wirjawan. Muhammad Lutfi was inaugurated on February 14, 2014.

Muhammad Lutfi served as Indonesian Ambassador to the United States (US), which took office on September 14 2020. On December 22 2020, President Joko Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin announced 6 new Ministerial statuses including Muhammad Lutfi as Minister of Trade.

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