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The Ministry of Trade (Kemendag) cooperates with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) to hold the Jakarta Muslim Fashion Week (JMFW) to develop the Muslim fashion industry in Indonesia and make Indonesia the center of world Muslim fashion. "Embracing JMFW 2021 is expected to strengthen the domestic Muslim fashion industry and open up business opportunities in the global market," said Director General of National Export Development at the Ministry of Trade Didi Sumedi in a statement received in Jakarta, Wednesday.

 

According to Didi, the opportunities for the Muslim fashion industry and the halal industry are promising, considering that the world's Muslim population is estimated to spend more than US$2 trillion in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, fashion, and recreation sectors.

The Ministry of Trade has scheduled the "Embracing Jakarta Muslim Fashion Week" on 18 November 2021 at Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta.

Didi estimates that the export value of Indonesian halal products has only reached US$6 billion or ranked 21st in the world. Meanwhile, Muslim fashion exports are estimated at US$4.1 billion or ranked 13th in the world.

According to The State of Global Islamic Economics, the growth of the Muslim fashion industry in Indonesia is the second best in the world, with consumption reaching US$21 billion and an average growth of 18.2 percent per year.

Global Religious Futures stated that Indonesia is one of the countries with the largest Muslim population or reaches 13 percent of the world's Muslim population.

"Kadin supports the acceleration of the business world and builds cohesiveness with the ecosystem of various business sectors between entrepreneurs from upstream to downstream in the initiation of JMFW as the Center for World Muslim Fashion," said Kadin Representative and Deputy Chair of the National Muslim Fashion Promotion Committee, Anne Patricia Sutanto.

JMFW is scheduled to become an annual program of the Ministry of Trade and Kadin which aims to develop domestic and export-oriented businesses and JMFW is expected to become the largest Muslim fashion event in the world.

Anne added that Indonesian Muslim fashion has the potential to compete in the global market, partly because Indonesia has a variety of designs with cultural characteristics that display Indonesian wastra, such as batik, weaving, embroidery, and accessories (jewelry).

Other industries that support Indonesian Muslim fashion are halal cosmetics and beauty.

Chairman of the Indonesian Textile Association (API) Jemmy Kartiwa also supported the JMFW event. "The initiation of the formation of the textile and garment sector ecosystem from upstream to downstream is expected to increase competitiveness, creativity, and togetherness in the national textile and textile product sector. This goes hand in hand with the acceleration of national economic recovery," he said.