Government must coordinate efforts to boost furniture and handicraft sectors: Indonesia

Indonesia is determined to support development of the furniture and handicraft industries and is working to strengthen coordination between the various ministries involved.

Priority is being given to ensure raw materials are available, promoting exports and encouraging investment, said Panggah Susanto, Director General of Agro Industry.

He also added that his ministry has requested the Minister of Agriculture to exclude furniture samples from the quarantine process.

Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry has adopted a US$3.5 billion target for furniture exports by 2019. Currently, Indonesian furniture exports are around US$1.5 billion.

According to the Director General of Small and Medium Industries of Ministry of Industry, Gati Wibawaningsih, the government’s efforts include support for small-medium enterprises such as improving productivity, accessibility to raw materials and technology.