Fri, 02 Jan 2009
Samarinda (ANTARA News) - Economic indicators amidst the global financial crisis are predicted to decline in 2009, an Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) executive says.

"The global crisis which hit many countries in the world in 2008 will continue this year. We should remain watchful over economic developments in the first quarter of this year," HM Fauzy A Bahtar, chairman of Kadin's East Kalimantan chapter, said here Thursday.

The condition of businesses in East Kalimantan was quite satisfying on account of significant progress this province had made in 2008.

Some sectors which kept on running smoothly amidst the ongoing global crisis in 2008 were contributed by mining, construction of road following the successin the hosting XVII National Sports Week (PON) in East Kalimantan and exports which continued to rise.

In the meantime, forestry sector was reported to record a relative slowdown following the impact of global crisis.

East Kalimantan in the sector of manpower in 2008, according to Fauzi, acted as an initiator of an organization to improve the compentency of manpower in the province, namely the Profession Sertification Coordinating Agency.

"The implementation of PON XVII in East Kalimantan in 2008 also contributed to development of business sector especiall small and medium scale businesses in some districts/cities. Road infrastructure also recorded an improvement, thus smoothening the traffics of the world businesses in province," he said.

In 2008, East Kalimantan appeared as initiator of an institution aiming to develop the quality of human resources through the standarization and certification of the Indonesian workers' competition.

In 2009, Fauzi further said, Kadin) in this province should be more proactive in recovery planning together with local government.

"The president has instructed governors, district heads and mayors throughout Indonesia to cooperate with Kadin. Therefore, Kadin's regional branches should not only 'wait for the ball' but be more proactive to carry out various business development programs to tap the regional potentials, to diversify businesses, form an economic team to study the economy," Fauzi said.

The role of local businessmen in the sector of infrastructure, he said, should be more empowered with a ratio of 75 percent for the locals and 25 percent for foreign businessmen. (*)



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