The Indonesian fashion industry contributes 18 percent of state revenues, Chief of the Creative Economy Board (BEKRAF) Triawan Munaf said. "The contribution of the fashion industry to the state revenue is large, reaching 18 percent or about Rp1,500 trillion," he said at a press conference in Jakarta Tuesday.

Therefore, the country should strongly support the fashion industry, particularly batik, so that it will continue to grow, he said.

One of the challenges facing the batik industry is the emergence of imported clothes with the batik motif which deals a blow to domestic batik producers.

"Batik is a method. We are facing an onslaught of foreign textiles with batik motif. The community is already aware of it. Hence, they must protect (batik). Batik is handwritten batik and stamped batik. Printing is not batik," he said (ANTARA)


As one of the countries producing cocoa beans, Indonesia already has 20 companies processing cocoa. The majority of Indonesian-processed cocoa products were exported and contributed US$1.13 billion in foreign exchange in 2018.

Indonesia exported 85 percent of its total production of cocoa or 328,329 tons, last year and marketed the rest totaling 58,341 tons of cocoa domestically. The cocoa processing industry is one of the prioritized sectors, according to the 2015-2035 National Industrial Development Master Plan (RIPIN), the government has stated.

"Moreover, the cocoa processing industry is also part of the food and beverage industry which is a mainstay of the Making Indonesia 4.0 roadmap. This sector involves a lot of small and medium industries," Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said in a statement Tuesday.

The development of the national downstream processing industry is directed to produce cocoa or cocoa powder, cocoa fat or cocoa, chocolate food and beverages, supplements, cocoa-based functional foods, as well as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, the minister emphasized.

Indonesia is currently the third-largest producer of processed cocoa in the world after the Netherlands and Ivory Coast.

The national cocoa processing industry has produced cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, cocoa cake, and cocoa powder.

"As one of the countries producing cocoa beans, Indonesia already has 20 companies processing cocoa. We continue to encourage increased utilization, while also spurring the productivity of domestic cocoa beans to maintain the supply of raw materials," Hartarto noted.

Based on the data of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), Indonesia ranks sixth among the producers of cocoa beans in the world after Ivory Coast, Ghana, Ecuador, Nigeria and Cameroon with production volumes reaching 220,000 tons in 2018.

"To develop the cocoa processing industry and increase its added value, the government encourages the development of the downstream cocoa industry, which is cocoa and chocolate-based food," Hartarto said.

One of the measures is to support the promotion of Indonesian processed cocoa and chocolate products to increase domestic consumption.

Furthermore, the cocoa processing industry is expected to continue to grow and develop, because its products have become part of the current lifestyle.


There are still problems with health and hygiene standards, and the health protocol between Indonesia and Brazil governments

State-owned company in animal husbandry PT Berdikari, admitted that they are still awaiting the recommendation letter from the Ministry of Agriculture to import beef from Brazil in the current year.

The technical requirement of document verification would be done within this week, the President Director of PT Berdikari, Eko Taufik Wibowo, stated after a meeting with Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) in Jakarta, Tuesday. "There are still problems with health and hygiene standards, and the health protocol between Indonesia and Brazil governments," he said.

As and when the recommendation letter is issued, the system will automatically propose to the Ministry of Trade that it could commence beef imports.

PT Berdikari has already set up the auction process and notified the distributors of the price. Thus, 10.000 tons imported beef slated to enter Indonesia in late October could be gradually distributed as per the market’s needs.

PT Berdikari will be ordering the beef early October, its Operational Director Oksan OM Panggabean remarked.

"We need about 50 days to process the order until the arrival, as the shipment from Santos to Tanjung Priok port takes 40 days. It is estimated to arrive in Jakarta in the second week of November. This will be the very first time we will be importing beef from Brazil," he explained.

Government has allocated as much as 10.000 tons as the beef import quota for PT Berdikari, while other BUMNs, Perum Bulog and PT PPI have 30.000 tons and 10.000 tons, respectively.



Indonesia is looking to increase the capacity of Surinamese small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through a workshop held in Paramaribo, from September 16 to 18, 2019.

Thirty participants from Suriname, consisting of start-up business owners, educators, and SME consultants attended the workshop titled 'Dispatch of Experts on Small Medium Enterprises for Suriname'. Suriname's Foreign Minister Yldiz Pollack-Beighle lauded Indonesia's efforts in helping to improve the capacity of human resources in the SME sector. The SME sector is very important to support Suriname's economic growth.

"This cooperation is a reflection of the close relations between Indonesia and Suriname," Pollack-Beighle said at the opening of the workshop, as quoted in a written statement from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tuesday.

The opening ceremony of the workshop was also attended by First Lady of the Republic of Suriname Ingrid Bouterse-Waldring.

The workshop was aimed at increasing the ability of participants in planning and developing models, and business operational plans, and enhancing the capacity of human resources in Suriname.

Empowering SMEs was important because it had a multiplier effect for a country, especially in the economic sector, the Indonesian Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname, Julang Pujianto, stated.

"This activity is one of Indonesia's ongoing efforts to fill the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Suriname, particularly in the field of capacity building," he said.

Cooperation in empowering SMEs is also part of Indonesia's priorities as a member of the United Nations Security Council to synergize the creation of peace with sustainable development and efforts to maintain peace through the development of the people's economy.

The workshop becomes one form of Indonesia's commitment to continue to contribute actively in capacity building within the framework of South-South Cooperation through sending expert dispatches in the field of SMEs with the topic "International Workshop on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Empowerment: Working Together to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ”

In the period 1998-2018, Indonesia has conducted 671 capacity building programs which were attended by around 8,726 participants from various developing countries.

In the 2014-2018 period, Indonesia has organized more than 270 capacity building programs with 4,457 participants. (ANTARA)

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