Trade ministry prepares strategy to raise non-oil/non-gas exports

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian Trade Ministry is preparing a strategy to increase non-oil/non-gas exports by 5.63 percent this year by encouraging the export of South Sulawesi provinces key commodities, among others.

The strategy includes encouraging synergy among the central government, regional administrations, Indonesian missions abroad and businessmen in South Sulawesi, Director General of National Export Development at the Trade Ministry Arlinda said in a press statement released on Tuesday.

“The Trade Ministry will synergize the supply of key commodities from South Sulawesi and the demand for the commodities in the global market,” she said.

The measure is expected to help the country achieve the target of non-oil/non-gas exports for this year at US$138.7 billion, a 5.63 percent increase compared to those of last year, she said.

The Directorate General of National Export Development held a meeting with the South Sulawesi provincial government, with the theme “Forum for the Development of Global Market for South Sulawesis Key Commodities”.

South Sulawesi is one of the Indonesian provinces which have the great potentials to develop exports. In 2015, South Sulawesis exports accounted for 1.07 percent of the countrys non-oil/non-gas exports, putting it in the 16th place among the countrys 33 provinces.

However, the provinces exports last year fell, along with declining global commodity prices. After all, the province still saw a surplus of US$424 million in its foreign trade last year.(*)

Source: Antara News