JAKARTA, NNC - The Ministry of Industry continues to try to spur the growth of the leather, footwear and leather goods industry. This sector gets priority in its development to be more competitive globally, because it is able to provide a significant contribution to the national economy.
"Indonesia has great potential to develop the leather, footwear and leather goods industry. Currently, Indonesia is in the 6th position in the world as an exporter of leather products, footwear and leather goods," said Director General of Small and Medium Industries (SMI) of Ministry of Industry Gati Wibawaningsih in her written statement on Thursday (11/08/2018).
The Ministry of Industry noted the export value of leather products, footwear and leather goods from Indonesia reached USD4.16 billion in January-September 2018, up 6.28 percent from the same period in 2017. Some of the main export destination countries include the United States, Belgium, Japan and China.
"One of the strengths possessed by Indonesia is the creativity of artisans so that our products are quite competitive in the domestic and international markets," said Gati. To that end, the Ministry of Industry continues to run a program to improve the competence of human resources in the industrial sector.
In addition, the Ministry of Industry also revitalized the Tanggulangin SMI center in Sidoarjo, East Java, to encourage the growth of the leather industry, footwear and leather goods.
The purpose of the revitalization activity was to improve the performance of the business ecosystem in the Tanggulangin SMI bag and luggage center which had experienced a decline since the mud disaster some time ago. This revitalization program is believed to be able to provide an attraction for tourists visiting the Tanggulangin SMI center, so they feel comfortable to shop and have recreation.
In the long term, the Tanggulangin SMI bag and luggage center will be made into a 3-in-1 Integrated Tourism Zone, namely shopping, culture and culinary tourism as well as industrial education.