Wed, 26 Mar 2008
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government would continue to maintain a conducive business climate in the country so that business people could play a bigger role in efforts to solve problems faced by the nation.

Addressing the 8th National Meeting of the Indonesian Businessmen's Association (Apindo) at the State Palace here on Wednesday, the president said if a conducive business climate was maintained, business players could contribute to the country's
"If tax revenues increase, it will help the government advance development and improve the people's welfare," the president said.

On the occasion, the head of state also called on business makers to create harmonious relations between workers and employers.

"If they have a problem, a solution has to be found that benefits both sides," he added.

Yudhoyono also called on businessmen to make use of business opportunities although at present global economic conditions were less favorable and energy sources were limited.

"Change the obstacles into opportunities for the sake of business development," the president told the participants of the meeting.

In the meantime, Apindo Chairman Sofyan Wanandi in his address asked the government to help the business world by improving and wrapping up a number of business regulations.

"We need the government's support in improving a number of regulations. There are still a number of laws such as on taxes and manpower that have not been finalized," Wanandi said. (*)



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