Entrepreneurs Pessimistic about Reaching Export Target
Friday, 23 March, 2007 | 15:58 WIB

Tempo Interactive, Jakarta: Entrepreneurs have stated that they are pessimistic of being able to meet the target of non-oil and gas export growth this year of 20 percent. They have argued that export growth requires an increase in domestic investment.

“Although the target is only 14.5 percent, with no investment, the increase will not be achieved,” said Head of Indonesian Entrepreneurs Association Sofjan Wanandi yesterday (03/22) in a meeting of Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (Kadin) with Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu at Kadin Tower building, Jakarta. However, he realized that, “The target must be set high so that it will trigger us to work hard.”

Sofjan commented on Minister Mari's statement on the target of a very optimistic export growth of 20 percent. He predicted that this will be supported by natural resource-based sectors. The sectors include rubber, cocoa and coffee. “The non-oil and gas export will boost the total growth rate of 6.3 percent,” said Mari.

Head of the Indonesia Textile Association Benny Soetrisno was of the similar opinion with Sofjan. He has considered that the growth target of non-oil and gas export of 20 percent was extremely utopian should there be no investment. “However, 14.5 percent is considered normal,” he said.

RR Ariyani | Yuliawati
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