Wed, 09 Feb 2011

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - National industrial growth last year doubled to 5.1 percent from 2.6 percent the year before, fueled by growing investment, exports and public consumption, an official said.

The 5.1 percent industrial growth surpassed the government-set target of 4.65 percent for 2010, Secretary General of the Industry Ministry Anshari Bukhari said here on Tuesday.

Among the nine industrial sectors only the wood and forestry product industry recorded negative growth of 3.5 percent last year, he said.

"In 2009 four industrial sectors recorded negative growth," he said.

Quoting data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), he said the transport means, machinery and equipment industry grew 10.4 percent, fertilizer, chemical and rubber product industry 4.7 percent, food, beverage and tobacco industry 2.7 percent last year.

Meanwhile, the base metal, iron and steel industry grew 2.6 percent, cement and non-metal mineral industry 2.2 percent, textile, leather product and footwear industry 1.7 percent, and paper and printed goods industry 1.6 percent, he said.

The ministry has set the industrial growth target for this year at 6.1 percent.

He expressed his optimism that the target could be achieved despite the threat of global crude price hike. (*)