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Jakarta Post

Analysis: Ownership and demand for kitchen appliances on the rise

  • Debnath Guharoy

    Roy Morgan

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 28 2010   /  09:38 am

The transition from kerosene to gas stoves in recent years reflects the progress being made across the country. Today, over 80 percent of Indonesia’s households have gas. That’s 92 percent in the Top 20 cities, 84 percent of other urban homes and 75 percent of rural. Very soon, the old kerosene stove will become a collector’s item. But gas bottles exploding all too often are not helping the collective march forward.

Another key indicator is access to electricity. In comparison to other developing countries in the region, Indonesia is not doing as well as you would expect. According to the International Energy Agency, China leads with near-total electrification across the country. India, the other giant in the region achieved 65 percent electrification of all households in 2008, but the actual number of people without access to electricity went up due to population growth. In...