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Secretary General of the Ministry of Industry Dody Widodo invites the public to be able to use more textiles and textile products (TPT) produced by domestic companies. The use is expected to hoist the Indonesian economy in the midst of world economic turmoil. He said, currently the domestic market is still flooded with foreign products such as China. With a cheaper price, people are then lulled into using products from that country. "Take care that we don't get flooded with foreign products. We still take batik from China, all from China. This doesn't happen continuously," said Dody at the closing of the 2022 Indonesia Textile Summit at the STTT Polytechnic Bandung, Saturday (30/7/2022). ).

  1. Ministries and institutions are expected to reduce imported textile products

Ministry of Industry Invites People to Use More Local Textile ProductsWomen work as soldiers. (Shutterstock/Christina Desitriviantie)

Dody said that currently the textile industry is still included in the top five largest contributors to the economy in Indonesia. To maintain this position, apart from increasing exports, the domestic market must also be met.

One of the steps taken is where the Ministry of Industry has collaborated with the Ministry of Defense so that all textile products used by the apparatus can be produced by Indonesian textile companies.

In addition, the Ministry of Industry also invites all ministries and institutions so that the needs of textiles and textile products can only take advantage of the presence of domestic industries. No more imported textile products.

"If we ourselves don't value domestic products, don't expect us to survive this growth. That's why the textile industry is important in Indonesia's economic growth," said Dody.

  1. Increase the number of overseas sales

Ministry of Industry Invites People to Use More Local Textile Products Import-export (IDN Times/Aditya Pratama)

In the midst of the economic turmoil in a number of countries, Dody actually saw an economic opportunity. He also invited all TPT companies to increase the amount of export value, whose market is now expanding due to countries that are not doing well in producing textiles.

Based on data from the Ministry of Industry, the textile industry currently contributes 6.35 percent to gross domestic product (GDP). In nominal terms, the export value of this sector has managed to reach 13 billion US dollars with a total workforce of around 3.56 million in all industries.

"Actually, there is still a chance for us to fulfill the state's clothing products, which are not good enough. So, domestic and foreign fulfillment can be parallel so that our income (the textile industry) increases," he said.

  1. Target the number of workers in the textile sector to increase

The Ministry of Industry Invites the Community to Use Local Textile Products The atmosphere of the textile and garment factory of PT Sri Rejeki Isman Tbk or Sritex in Sukoharjo, Central Java. IDN Times/Anggun Puspitoningrum.

On the other hand, until 2030, the Ministry of Industry targets the number of workers in this sector to reach 5 to 6 million. Currently the number of workers in all industries is around 3.56 million. However, all of this cannot be separated from the cooperation of all policy makers from the community, educational institutions, to the research and development sector.

Director of the Polytechnic of the College of Textile Technology (STTT) Tina Martina said that superior human resources (HR) were trying to be printed on this campus. This is in line with the government's determination to create a workforce that is ready to compete in the textile industry.

With the existence of a master's program on this campus, Tina continued, her party wants human resources in the textile sector not only to be able to work in the country, but also abroad.

"That's why we have a target to prepare international accreditation. That's how we prepare the best graduates from campus," he said.