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Solo Raya has the potential to develop textiles more widely. The reason is that Solo Raya has always had the potential as the backbone for the textile sector in Indonesia.

This was conveyed by UNS Economist Lukman Hakim in an Economic Meeting between local governments, the Financial Services Authority and academics at the OJK Solo Building, Friday (4/6). According to Lukman, Solo has the potential to develop textiles more widely. Because without realizing it Solo Raya became the backbone for the textile sector in Indonesia.

“It can even be said as a role model for the industry. Moreover, Solo had previously owned Solo Raya Incorporated, a company that developed various sectors in Solo Raya. And one of the successful ones is textiles,” he said.

The man who serves as Chairman of the Indonesian Economics Bachelor Association (ISEI) sees the potential for textile development in Indonesia can still be boosted. It is evident that currently Solo Raya still has a thriving textile industry, although not as good as it used to be. However, when compared to the automotive industry in Cirebon and Tegal, the textile industry in Solo Raya still survives.

“Cirebon and Tegal are gone. That's why the textile industry in Solo Raya must be grown again," he said.

Moreover, if seen, the textile industry in Solo Raya is driven from upstream to downstream. From its upstream, all districts in Solo Raya have factories engaged in textiles. " Downstream we have PGS and Pasar Klewer , " said Lukman .

Moreover, Solo has prepared a Textile Community Academy located in Solo Technopark. Lukman assessed that in the current conditions, it is very appropriate to strengthen the textile industry.

"Currently all sectors are weak, so we reorganize to make Solo Raya strong and focus on one industry," said Lukman.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Solo, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, agrees with this. Gibran himself has a concept for the development of start-ups at the Solo Techno Park. Regarding the development of the textile industry, he will coordinate further with academics and areas around Solo Raya.

“This kind of meeting is planned to be held regularly. We will discuss this further. If the potential is still very large, especially from the support of the surrounding areas, "he said.