Indonesian Export Should Target Non-Traditional Market: Minister

Gervin Nathaniel Purba    •    Rabu, 16 Dec 2015 19:33 WIB
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Indonesian Export Should Target Non-Traditional Market: Minister
Sofyan Djalil (Photo: MI/Panca Syurkani), Jakarta: The National Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded Indonesia's export in November was lower than the import, where the export value shows US$11.16 billion, while the import is at US$11.51 billion.
In response to the issue, the Minister of National Development Planning/Head of the National Development Planning Agency (PPN/Bappenas) Sofyan Djalil mentioned that Indonesia is to be more proactive in conducting export penetration to non-traditional markets.
"Such as Africa, Iran and other Central Asian countries that I think is still limited," mentioned Sofyan when met at the Coordinating Ministry of Economy, Central Jakarta, Tuesday, December 15.
He added that all this time, Indonesian export has been headed to several traditional markets such as Japan, China and several other countries. In this case, Sofyan highlighted China, which experienced import decline due to the switch from investment to consumption.
"Then the trade and industry should be penetrated to non-traditional areas," he explained.
As information, the Indonesian trade balance in November was at a deficit by US$346.4 million. However, in total from January to November, it is still surplus at US$7.81 billion.