Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Black campaigns launched by foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO) had incurred a loss of about US$1.2 billion to the country`s paper and pulp industries, a pulp businessman said.
"The black campaign has disrupted the market of Indonesian pulp and paper products in the world," chairman of the Indonesian Pulp and Paper Industries Association (APKI), Mansyur, said here on Sunday.
He said that the disrupted market of pulp and paper products was than made use of by South American pulp and paper industries.
"But now, Indonesia has begun to gradually win back the market it has previously lost," the APKI chairman said.
Mansyur said that foreign NGOs had launched the black campaigns to destroy Indonesia`s very competitive pulp and paper industries.
"The NGOs are aware of the fact that Indonesia`s pulp and paper industries are of good quality and competitiveness in the world market," he said.
Therefore, Indonesia should be able to take advantage of the present momentum in the world market.
"After all, the price per ton of pulp and paper products in the world market has increased by US$50 to US$800 per ton. The price increases by an average of US$20-30 per ton in almost every two months. Last month, the stood only at US$600 per ton," Mansyur said.