JAKARTA - Indonesia will tighten control on expatriates in foreign banks to make them employ foreigners only when they cannot find Indonesians with equal expertise, the official Antara news agency said.

The agency quoted a government official saying that closer control of expatriates in foreign banks was needed because many Indonesians could work in top posts in banks.

The statement followed a call by Indonesia's officially sanctioned SPSI trade union last week to tighten the issue permits for expatriates in foreign banks.

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