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Jakarta Post

Govt seeking new ways to boost exports

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, September 10 2012   /  10:19 am

Uncertainties in the global economy have further threatened Indonesia’s exports, one of the key contributors to the country’s economy. From April to June this year, the country’s trade balance plunged into the red, with monthly exports declining in contrast to fast-growing imports.

Despite the gloomy export outlook, the government is still optimistic that exports can reach last year’s level of US$203 billion.

The Jakarta Post’s Linda Yulisman recently discussed the outlook of exports, particularly the non-traditional markets, and other trade-related issues, with the Trade Ministry’s director general for national export development, Gusmardi Bustami. Below are the excerpts of the interview.

Question: What is your outlook for our exports amid the current global economic downturn?

Answer: We must be more active in promoting our exports. Most of our ex...