TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Indonesia is planning to double textile exports to Japan. “Increase in export values is expected to be achieved within five years,” said Metal, Machinery, and Textile director-general, Ansari Bukhari, last week.
Ansari said that in the first semester of 2009, Indonesian textile exports were valued at US$ 260 million. “The value decreased by 26 percent compared to the same period last year,” he added. He estimated that by the end of the year, textile exports would be US$ 500 million.
At present, 60 percent of the world textile market is controlled by China. Meanwhile, Indonesian textiles in Japan represent only two percent of its imports. “We will not expand the market yet. We will only increase the export value first,” Ansari said.
To achieve this aim, the government is cooperating with the Japanese government. Some members of the Industry Department together with 12 textile companies is now visiting Japan. The program is expected to result in improvements in the technique and quality of the textile industry in Indonesia.
EKA UTAMI APRILIA