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Jakarta Post

Business told to shape up ahead of ASEAN single market

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 10 2013   /  08:55 am

Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan urged local business players on Tuesday to be fully prepared to face fierce competition resulting from the influx of foreign goods following the implementation of the ASEAN single market in 2015.

Speaking during a leadership gathering of the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo) in Jakarta on Tuesday, Gita said Indonesian manufacturers should improve their quality if they wanted to take advantage of the ASEAN single market, which is envisioned to ensure free flows of goods and services between ASEAN countries, consisting of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

“It will be better for us as producers to improve competitiveness with the aim of going beyond our domestic market,” Gita, a former investment banker and businessman, told hundreds of executives at the meeting. I...