Open the INACRAFT 2015, President Jokowi Wish Indonesian Handicrafts Industry Could be Number One in the World
Date 8 April 2015
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) admitted that he dreamed of handicraft products from Indonesia could be number one in the global market. Currently, Indonesia is still in the 12th in the world.
“Let us dream of our handicraft products from Sabang to Merauke be number one.,” President Jokowi said, in opening speech of the largest handicraft trade fair in Indonesia, 17th INACRAFT, at the Jakarta Convention Centre on Wednesday (8/4).
To realize this dream, Jokowi President advised the handicraft entrepreneurs in order to continue the innovate. “We must be daring to wear designer from the outside, the marketing from the destination country. This will accelerate the penetration of our products into the European market,” the President said.
Related to this, the President stressed the importance of the role of Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) related to matters relating to the design and packaging. “There are many professionals available for all products,” said Jokowi adding, the Ministry of Trade will conduct marketing affairs.
“It’s been 17 years, the exhibition Inacraft launched, I do not remember how many times I come. I had joined the first time the 1st to the 4th. I saw local and international markets for handicraft products, from past and present is very good. In terms of quality and price of our product also good,” the President said.
Based on data from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy in 2014, handicraft industry contributes Rp92,6 trillion to the national economy (gross domestic product).
When opening the 17th INACFART, President accompanied by First Lady Iriana Jokowi, Chairman of the National Crafts Council Hj.Mufidah Jusuf Kallayang, Wife of the Vice President, Coordinating Minister for the Economic Sofyan Djalil, Ministry of Trade Rahmat Gobel, and the Mayor of Denpasar Ray Dharma Wijaya Mantra.
INACRAFT held for five days, from the 8 to 12 April 2014, with the theme “From the Smart Village to Global Market”, and raised the sub-theme “Through Bali Pesoba Towards Global Market”. INACRAFT 2015 followed by 1,600 companies and SMEs, with 1,290 outlets and trades a variety of accessories, jewelry, clothing, traditional fabrics and textile products, souvenirs.
In INACRAFT 2015, targeted occurs trade contract up to 9.3 billion US dollars to overseas buyers and Rp117 billion retail transactions, by the number of visitors is expected to reach 200 thousands people. (WID/Humas Setkab/ES)