The Jakarta Post
The government is aiming to raise the proportion of processed-goods exports from 39.5 percent to 50 percent of non-oil and gas exports this year, in a bid to prevent the trade deficit from widening.
National Development Planning Agency ( Bappenas ) director Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti said there were three main programs to be launched to increase processed-goods exports: integrating central and regional programs, boosting supply and demand, and increasing promotion.
"According to the International Monetary Fund, Indonesia's trade volume will grow 4.6 percent compared to 3 percent in 2016. We are still optimistic," she explained on Friday in Jakarta.
Regarding the integration of central and regional development, she continued, the government would develop regions based on their competitive products. Kalimantan, for instance, would have more smelters to boost the production of refined mining products.
Meanwhile, Sulawesi whose competitiveness is in fisheries will have more fish factories to boost processed-fish exports. "In Sulawesi, high quality fish catches are going straight to Japan. We will push for processing facilities," she said. ( ags )