Mon, 05 May 2008
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia, like some other countries, believed that the Islamic countries in the world whose population is one-fifth of the world total, are playing a strategic role.

But the role needs to be intensified with a view to implementing several agendas and in view of global developments which had brought economy and politics increasingly linked to one another on the basis of mutual benefits, Irman, an Indonesian representative said.

Irman, Deputy Chairman of the 4th Regional Representatives Council (DPD) made the remark in the last day of the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in Kuwait City, as carried in a press statement received in Jakarta over the weekend.

Irman said the role needs to be intensified, as many oil-rich countries are Moslem, but there are also poor Islamic countries.

He was quoting former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as saying that actually, the economy of Islamic countries is highly energetic.

Although one fifth of the world population is in the Islamic countries, but contributing only 4% to the world`s gross domestic product (GDP). Fuel oil shortages and food price hikes have also adversely affected several of these countries, as President of Abdoulaye Wade has said.

The Indonesian government`s policy of overcoming poverty by the "pro-poor, pro-growth, and pro job" scheme is practically implemented through investment for regional development and creating more job opportunities, education and improvement of human resources.

Irman also said that the House of Representatives (DPR) is formulating a regulation on syariah bonds and credits for small business enterprises through BRI, which since declared by the Presidnet in November 2007 had covered 310,000 households with a turnover of Rp 2.4 trillion.

With regard to efforts at overcoming food shortages, the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah provided US$ 100 million under a short-term program for the poor people in the Islamic countries, and in the long-run Indonesia



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