Indonesia, Italy Cooperates to Strengthen Leather Industry

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  • Deretan sepatu kulit yang berada dalam proses pengerjaan di Pusat Industri Kecil, Jakarta, 9 Januari 2015. TEMPO/Tony Hartawan

    Deretan sepatu kulit yang berada dalam proses pengerjaan di Pusat Industri Kecil, Jakarta, 9 Januari 2015. TEMPO/Tony Hartawan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia has improved cooperation with the Italian government in developing the leather industry to strengthen local leather products.

    Italia was chosen because the country succeeds in mobilizing small, medium and large businesses, including the leather industry. In Italy, leather-based industries are mostly located in Vigenano, Tuscany and Marches.

    In order to boost the cooperation in leather industry, Industrial Minister Saleh Husin has signed a technical arrangement on leather and textile cooperation during his visit to the Expo Milano 2015.

    "I hope Italian business players will follow up this technical arrangement by investing in leather, footwear and textile sectors in Indonesia," said Saleh on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

    The cooperation with Italy has been established since 2003 and more sectors have been covered. In late 2014, Indonesia had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of the Development of Industrial Sectors. That focuses on technical and investment cooperation for textile and leather products as well as spare parts and high-tech industry.

    "The cooperation is also an opportunity for us to learn, have dialogue and attract investment from Italy because they suceed in mobilizing leather-based businesses," said Saleh.

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