Mon, 11 Jan 2010
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - An official said that the government has set up a coordination team to overcome obstables faced by national products in their competition with foreign products.

"The team is tasked with conducting coordination among ministries and between the central and regional administrations," I Wayan Dipta, the deputy for micro-, small and medium business human resources and assessment of the office of the state minister for cooperatives and small and medium businesses, said at a discussion on local industries in the face of the Asean-China Free Trade Agreement here on Saturday.

He said the team was also assigned to identify the problems of national industries in the face of the implementation of the Asean-China Free Trade Agreement as January this year and also to study regulations that hinder the implementation of the agreement.He did not tell about the composition of the team members.

The deputy secretary general of the Association of Indonesian Businessmen (Apindo), Franky Sibarani, hailed the establishment of the team saying it was a positive step to overcome problems that the national industries might face with regard to the implementation of the Asean-China Free Trade.

He hoped the team would be pro-active and transparent in accomodating problems faced by local as well as national industrialists.

As an example he referred the case of national ceramic industry. He said the country`s ceramic industry still had a big export market in China and the price of its products was still competitive.

However ceramic exporters still faced difficulties due to shortage of power supply needed for processing."It is hoped the team will accomodate the complaints and help find the solutions," he said.

An economic observer from state University of Indonesia Ninasapti Triawati said to protect national products the government had to curb onslaught from Chinese products through imposition of the Indonesia National Standard (SNI).

Products from China that fail to meet the SNI standard must not be allowed to enter the country, she said.

"We must not only consider their cheap price but also their security for consumers such as in terms of food producs," she said.

Although they are cheap they must be rejected if they are not safe for consumers` health, she added.(*)



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