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Import Limit Carefully Watched to Maintain Manufacturing Industry

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said that he will take careful steps in his attempts to limit imports, which he said is done to safeguard the domestic manufacture industry. Facts suggest that raw materials supplying the manufacturing industry have been mostly imported.

“This is why we are still considering it. I do not want to hastily announce it. We are still looking into which one that would not affect production if it would later be reduced,” said Darmin Nasution at his office in Jakarta yesterday, July 4. 

Darmin’s statement is a direct response to the statement issued by Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati who announced that she would be limiting the number of imports to maintain the stability of Indonesia’s currency that is steadily declining. 

“We will selectively research our import needs,” said the Finance Minister on Wednesday, July 3.

Sri Mulyani further explained that imported contents would be thoroughly selected based on the prioritized items that are deemed urgent or support developments.

Furthermore, Darmin said that the effects of an import limitation will firstly affect the trade balance deficit and then the ongoing transactions. 

On May 25, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded the trade in May had experienced a deficit up to US$1.52 billion that was caused by the rising global oil and gas prices.


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