TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo or Jokowi believes that Indonesia's exports can still grow higher than today. His confidence stems from the continuing economic recovery in trading partner countries.
"We still have an opportunity to grow higher because the export market potential is still wide open, our trading partners are also starting to recover," Widodo said when opening the Trade Expo Indonesia Digital Edition in Jakarta, Thursday, October 21.
The President said that from January to August this year, Indonesia's exports had reached US$142.02 billion, or grew 37.77 percent year on year (yoy), according to the central statistics agency, Statistics Indonesia (BPS).
Jokowi sees a chance for higher exports growth to trading partners that have succeeded in continuing the trend of economic recovery, such as China with its 7.9 percent (yoy) growth, the USA with 12.2 percent (yoy), Japan's 7.6 percent (yoy) , and India with 20.1 percent. Recovery of trading partners is expected to increase demand from Indonesia for exports.
"We must take advantage of this opportunity to boost exports as much as possible," he said.
The President hopes that the 2021 Trade Expo Indonesia Digital Edition can be a liaison for business actors, especially exporters and buyers (buyers) to establish business cooperation and leverage economic and industrial activities.