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The government pays more attention to labor-intensive industries. Especially textiles. The industry was hit by layoffs at the end of 2022 and the threat is still real this year. To mitigate this, the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Trade seek to provide protection and support. The Ministry of Industry stated that the textile, footwear and furniture industries were under pressure. This is because the industry's traditional export markets, the United States (US) and Europe, are sluggish. "However, there is hope that until the second quarter of this year, (then) it can rebound," said Minister of Industry Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita last weekend.

The Minister of Industry stated that his party had proposed around seven policies to the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy at the Limited Coordination Meeting (Rakortas). The proposal, among other things, is that the government will impose a prohibition and restriction policy (lartas). That way, there will be goods that are prohibited or restricted for import to Indonesia.

"The government will not make decisions on all products, but will determine them selectively," he explained.

In addition, the Ministry of Industry proposed a post-border policy to become a border. "Of course not all of them either, but selectively based on the HS code," he said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Trade (Kemendag) said it would update the trade remedies policy to prevent and recover losses for domestic industry players. Particularly in the textile and textile products (TPT) sector.

Trade Remedies are instruments used to protect domestic industries from losses due to unfair trade practices. This form can be in the form of antidumping import duties (BMAD) or safeguards import duties (BMTP).

"We continue to conduct workshops and exchange information on trade policies to prevent losses for the domestic textile industry," said the Head of the Trade Policy Agency (BKP) of the Ministry of Trade, Kasan.

Kasan stated that the Ministry of Trade had formed a National Interest Consideration Team (PKN) and had conducted a survey of three TPT business actors in Central Java. Namely, PT Sri Rejeki Isman, PT Dan Liris, and PT Prima Sejati Sejahtera.