Manufacturing Products Remain Top Export Commodities: Industry Minister

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 11 Juli 2019
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Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto. (Photo by: Cabinet Secretariat Archive)

Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto. (Photo by: Cabinet Secretariat Archive)

Processing industries still become a major contribution to the country’s export value, Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto has announced.

In the period of January until May 2019, manufacturing sector imported products worth US$51.06 billion, or 74.59 percent to the country’s export value, he added.

“Our manufacturing industry exports have increased by 9.8 percent from January to May 2019 compared to that in the same period last year. So far, the manufacturing industry is still the biggest contributor to our exports,” Airlangga said on Thursday (11/7).

Several manufacturing sectors, he added, played a major role in export performance in the first five months of this year, including food industry with the value of US$10.56 billion, followed by base metal industry with the value of US$6.52 billion, and chemical industry and goods from chemicals with the value of US$5.38 billion.

“Food industry accounts for 20.69 percent of the total processing industry exports between January and May 2019,” he said, adding that apparel industry contributed US$3.55 billion in export value and paper industry and goods from paper posted US$3 billion in export value.

The Government, Airlangga added, is also committed to boosting investment and expansion in the industrial sector.

In addition to meeting the needs of domestic market, increased production capacity can also fulfill export market, he said.

According to Airlangga, the United States, China, Japan, Singapore, and India are some of the main destination countries for the country’s manufacturing products.

The Minister went to say that the Government has been taking intensive measures to attract investment in industrial sector which can produce imported substitution products. Such measure constitutes one of the Government’s efforts to curb trade balance deficit, he said.

“The Government has shown its commitment to maintaining a positive business climate in the country by providing ease in obtaining business licensing, ensuring availability of raw materials and energy, as well as issuing fiscal incentive policies to spur industries to be involved in vocational and R&D activities,” said Airlangga.

In the meantime, in a bid to further break export market, Airlangga further explained, Ministry of Industry has launched a road map called “Making Indonesia 4.0” last year, which encourages national manufacturing industries to utilize industrial technology 4.0.

The roadmap spurs quality product innovation so as to increase national products’ competitiveness in the global market.

Regarding efforts to boost investment and exports, Airlangga said that the Government is committed to creating a positive business climate and providing ease in business licensing. A number of strategic steps have been taken, including providing fiscal incentives and single submission online (OSS) system and implementing vocational education and training programs.

Amidst economic slowdown at the global level, Arilangga expressed optimism to meet non-oil and gas industry growth target of 5.4 percent this year. Some sectors that are projected to grow include food and beverage industry (9.86%), machinery (7 %), textiles and apparel (5.61%), and leather goods and footwear (5.40%).

(Ministry of Industry PR/ES)

Translated by: Muhardi

Edited by: M. Ersan Pamungkas

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