IDXChannel - Minister of Cooperatives and SMEs (MenKopUKM) Teten Masduki asked the Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Industry Association (Asmindo) to take advantage of the import duty exemption facility to Switzerland to access the Swiss and European markets in general.
"The results of our meeting with SECO (Swiss Secretariate for Economic Affairs), which is the most important government institution in Switzerland, have agreed that Indonesia is Switzerland's most important trading partner," said Minister of Cooperatives and Human Resources, Teten Masduki, at the Asmindo National Working Meeting (Rakernas).
In fact, Minister Teten revealed that the Indonesia-Switzerland FTA has been ratified. "And the most important thing is the implementation by the business world," said the Minister of Cooperatives and Industry.
Minister Teten said that the focus of cooperation for the European market as conveyed by the President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is the provision and marketing of environmentally friendly products, including bamboo.
This is in line with the KemenKopUKM program which is currently building a Joint Production House for Bamboo Processing in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).
"I am optimistic that we can increase our much greater role in the global market given that we have the advantages of quality of work, raw materials, and design," said the Minister of Cooperatives and Industry.
Even so, Minister Teten reminded that the national business world also needs to increase its control of the domestic market which is quite large. Among other things, taking advantage of the affirmative policy of using domestic products.
"The government will continue to increase the portion of spending on cooperative and MSME products. And foreign actors will be encouraged to partner with local entrepreneurs," the Minister said.
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