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Tuesday, 21 November, 2017 | 15:42 WIB
Govt Eyeing 2.5bn USD Furniture Export by 2019

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Industry Ministry is confident that the furniture and crafts sectors can grow and expand in the next two years. The ministry is even targeting an exports value of US$2 billion next year.

The ministry's director general of small and medium enterprises Gati Wibawaningsih said in a written statement today that this year's exports from the two sectors reached US$1.06 billion. By 2019, the ministry hopes the value could go up to US$2.5 billion.

Speaking in Surakarta yesterday, Gati said there are more than 150 small and medium furniture and crafts industries in the city with products that can compete overseas. Their products have reached markets in the USA, Europe, and the Middle East. 

Surakarta Adi Dharma Santoso, chairman of the Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Industry Association (HIMKI), said that Central Java's furniture and handicraft industry contributes an average of US$700 million per year.

Among Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia currently ranks the fifth position in furniture and handicraft exports; behind Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. Some of the problems hampering the exports are the availability of raw material supply, overlapping regulations, the declining number of craftsmen, and lack of promotion.

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