Fri, 19 Sep 2008
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has urged the government to strengthen local retail traders so that they would not be run over by foreign interests operating modern marketplaces.

"Unless they are strengthened they will be more suppressed," Kadin`s Vice Chairman for Trade and Distribution Ketut Suardhana Linggih said on the sidelines of a Kadin coordination meeting here Thursday.

He said a number of foreign modern shops were increasingly dominating local retail markets. In view of that he urged the ministry of trade to immediately issue a ministerial decree as reference for the implementation of Government Regulation No 112/2007 on development and order of traditional marketplaces, shopping centers and modern shops.

"It must be issued not later than this year. People are already waiting for it. It is alright if it is not yet good as it may be revised. It is better to have it than to remain uncertain," he said.

The government finally issued the Presidential Decree Number 112/2007 after it was delayed for two and a half years.

According to the Association of All-Indonesia Marketplace Traders (APPSI) the number of modern shops or markets in Jakarta has already surpassed the number of traditional marketplaces.

Since 2004, a total of 449 modern shops and marketplaces have sprung up in Jakarta while the number of traditional marketplaces was only 151.

The APPSI viewed 27 of 67 locations of modern marketplace and shopping centers in the capital violated zoning rules made upon the basis of Regional Government Regulation No 2/2002.

The rule states modern marketplaces or shopping centers must be located minimally 2.5 kilometers from traditional marketplaces.(*)



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