The Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO) along with the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo promoted the Indonesian automotive component small and medium industries (SMEs) in Japan. Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita in a press release received in Jakarta, Tuesday (28/6) said that small and medium industries must be promoted and become a strategic priority in the global automotive supply chain. Thereby, he greatly appreciates Indonesian Ambassador to Japan, Heri Akhmadi over his proactive efforts to organize the business forum. This was conveyed in a key speech at the Indonesia - Japan Autoparts Business Forum which was initiated by the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo, Monday ( 27/6). Japan is known to have become Indonesia's main partner in the automotive industry, which has contributed to the absorption of more than 1.5 million workers along the industrial supply value chain.
Ambassador Heri Akhmadi also said that with the announcement of the import substitution target of 35 percent by the Government of Indonesia, certainly, Indonesian automotive components of SMEs have a great opportunity to meet the needs of the Domestic Component Level (TKDN) from various Japanese automotive manufacturers in Indonesia. A total of 30 Indonesian automotive componens of SMEs have the opportunity to promote in Japan. Most of these SMEs have also collaborated with Japan for a long period of time under the auspices of the Automotive Component Small-Medium Industry Association.
Meanwhile, Chairman of APINDO, Hariyadi B. Sukamdani said that he supported the development of small and medium industries, especially the automotive component sector to advance class by facilitating international cooperation through international trade and investment activities. In line with this mission, APINDO encourages the SMEs companies to participate in a business forum that brings together Indonesian automotive components of SMEs and Japanese business players or suppliers. Besides Minister Agus Gumiwang, Indonesia Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia, Dody Budi Waluyo was also present at the autoparts business forum in Nagoya. He explained the economic development of Indonesia to convince Japanese businesspeople of macroeconomic stability and investment opportunities that have been designed by the Government of Indonesia.