National industry growth is projected to end the year at 6.5 percent, in line with national economic growth sought to remain above six per cent.
“I am optimistic the industry growth of 6.5 per cent until the end of the year,” Industry Minister MS Hidayat said after giving the poor kapada Eid gifts and employee groups I and II in the Ministry of Industry, said here on Thursday.
He asserted that the target can only be achieved if other ministries involved escorting a number of investment plans in the industry in order teralisasi this year.
Ministry of Industry, he added, still rely on labor-intensive industries, such as textiles and footwear, as well as other technology-intensive industries and are able to give effect to the creation of the industry chain and new business growth as a draft.
“Labor-intensive industries absolutely must be maintained and are allowed to survive,” said Hidayat. It was judged too important to keep going no huge unemployment in the country.
Hidayat believes processing industry, including the furniture industry, still has a growing trend, compared to primary raw materials-based industries whose prices are falling. Moreover, he said, consumption in the domestic sector is still a mainstay of the national economy, in addition to investment and exports.
“The government agreed to seek national economic growth of not less than six percent,” said Hidayat, who had previously participated in a meeting with the Governor of Bank Indonesia five economic ministers to discuss the current macroeconomic situation.
To keep the national economic growth remained above six per cent, he said, among other things to keep the unemployment rate did not increase, so labor-intensive industries play an important role.