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Through the ‘Proud of Indonesian Products’ movement, the government has issued a policy mandating 40 per cent expenditure on MSME products in procurement of goods.
Teten Masduki, Indonesia’s Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), recently criticized the sale and purchase of imported used clothing or import savings. He said that the government will continue to try to curb the import of second hand shoes and clothes to protect the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the textile and apparel sector.
Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has estimated that the policy could deliver national economic growth of up to 1.85 percent and create 2 million jobs without new investment.
If similar efforts are made with regard to domestic consumption, the national economic growth will further improve, the minister was quoted as saying by a news agency.
Masduki urged the customs department to be more stringent and improve monitoring of illegal imports of secondhand clothing, which were banned last year.
He said that such clothes are sold in Pasar Senan, Gedbagay and Pasar Baru.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)