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President Jokowi Appreciates Improvements on Furniture Product Quality

President Jokowi Appreciates Improvements on Furniture Product Quality {special)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS -- Indonesia President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo has appreciated Indonesian furniture products, which design shows an increase in quality. However, according to the President, going forward, R & D, research and development are needed, both for technology, design, and also raw material issues.

"I see an increase, especially on the side of improved design. And earlier, some buyers also said that there was a very good improvement in design. I think this is an improvement that we must appreciate, "President Jokowi said, answering reporters after reviewing the Indonesia International Furniture Expo (IFEX) 2019 at the JI-Expo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, Wednesday (03/13/2019).

According to the President, actually Indonesia's furniture products still have the space and opportunity to be able to grow by two, three, and even four times. However, he acknowledges that there are many basic problems that must be addressed, such as the supply of raw materials at competitive prices, as well as availability of raw materials.

"This was for example like rattan complaints, raw materials are now difficult. We should, as the largest rattan producer in the world, not be allowed to happen like that, let alone lose to other countries, we can't. We cannot lose wood, wood products or wood furniture because we have raw materials, "said the President, adding that this would later the government talk to the furniture industry so that the solution was more concrete.

Concerning the complaint about the raw material problem, according to the President, it was mainly occurred after the earthquake in Sulawesi, which then affected the supply of rattan to rattan industries in Cirebon, in Solo, and in other places.

President Jokowi hopes that this rattan, iron and bamboo furniture industry can grow in double digits because in 2014 the plants only grew four percent. "We hope this year, we can grow double digits next year," he said.

IFEX 2019 is held at JIEXpo Convention Center and Theater, Kemayoran, Indonesia International Furniture Expo (IFEX), 11-14 March 2019. The event is the largest B2B (business to business) furniture and craft exhibition in Indonesia and the region. Accompanying President Jokowi on the occasion was Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung and Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita