TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Businessmen from the Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Industry Association are greatly disappointed at the lack of government support in promoting and marketing furniture products.
The association chairman, Ambar Tjahyono, said the lack of support was evident during the International Furniture and Craft Fair Indonesia at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran, held on March 11 to 15.
â€śAfter the opening, the government officials disappeared,â€ť Ambar said last week, adding that representatives from related departments should have visited, discussed, and analyzed the discussion results to provide input and solutions. â€śThey gave nothing,â€ť he said, disappointedly.
According to Ambar, the association had called on the government to be involved in improving furniture exports. Furniture businessmen need measures to support the rise of such a creative industry. The measures, Ambar said, may be in the form of real contributions, such as providing stimulus funds for promotions and exhibitions, full support for exhibitions, promotion costs, facilitating foreign buyers and inviting ambassadors to exhibitions.
Ambar said the governmentâ€™s view that it was up to the private sector to develop the furniture industry in Indonesia must be changed. â€śThis must not be the case. This should be a joint responsibility,â€ť he affirmed.
According to Ambar, exhibitions have the potential to create a multiplyer effect, which will not only activate the economy in Jakarta, but also in the provinces.
According to Ambar, when buyers come to these exhibitions, they will automatically order for hotels and restaurants. They will later go to the province of the industry and make transactions there, activating the economy in the provinces.
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