Government Asked to Increase Export Destinations
Friday, 02 November, 2007 | 16:12 WIB

Tempo Interactive, Jakarta: The government is asked to increase the market of non-oil and gas exports due to the present sluggish exports. This is by increasing the export destination countries.

This was said by economic observer, Hendri Saparini, responding to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) reporting that export performance during September went down 0.91 percent compared to August, 2007.

Hendri said the fluctuation of non-oil and gas exports shows how Indonesia has been depending on the primary product. This is despite primary products depend on the world market. “So far the export performance is determined by external factors, not the ability to increase the value of export products” he said.

Thus, according to Hendri, the government must also implement an industrial map that has been initiated. “The government cannot only be satisfied that export grew yearly because it's not triggered by national industry being more competitive,” said Hendri.

The largest export market segment during September is Japan (US$1.06 billion), European Union (US$933.6 million), United States (US$1.03 billion) and Singapore (US$903.2 million).

BPS Head, Rusman Heriawan, said during September, export performance underwent a 0.91 percent decrease to US$9.52 billion compared to the previous month. However, in cumulative terms, export performance between January and September rose 12.88 percent to US$83.02 billion compared to the same period in 2006.

RR ARIYANI | GUNANTO
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