An archipelago in Southeast Asia and the country of volcanoes, Indonesia is all set on the track of economic growth. Textiles have played a major role in Indonesia's economic growth, which is one of the fastest in the free world. With challenges like quotas, lacking modernization, market-expertise and core skills, for the Indonesian government, the sector is expected to be the most pivotal and nascent one, and is therefore, a first plan industrial activity. Aged 52, Indonesian by nationality, Mr Arryanto Sagala is the Director of Textiles, Ministry of Industry and Trade - The Republic of Indonesia. Mr Sagala is a graduate in Planology from Bandung Institute of Technology. He has also done several training courses viz. Industrial Estate Development; Industrial Expansion Program from EEC-IDA Ireland; Environment Protection & Technology from ICETT-AOTS Japan; Smelting Industry Processing from Naoshima, Mitsubishi - Japan; Planning, Development & Management of Industrial Park & EPZ-Taipei ICDF & SinoTech Engineering ROC. He had attended Comparative Study for Textiles Development at Beijing as well as Technical Upgrading Fund Scheme of India in the year 2006, and had also been in the International Seminar for Textile Development in China. In 1982, he joined as the Head of Industrial Estate Development Section of Bureau of Planning, Ministry of Industry and Trade - Republic of Indonesia. From 1994 to 2005, he headed Regional Development & Environment Division of R&D Center on Resources, Industrial Zone and Environment, Ministry of Industry and Trade. In 2005, he was appointed as the Director of Textiles, Ministry of Industry and Trade - Republic of Indonesia. His responsibilities include giving advice and making regulation concepts in the welfare of Textiles Industry. Face2Face team spoke to Mr Sagala, for a closer view on Indonesian Textile Scenario; challenges that remain; and efforts of Indonesian Government towards it.
since three decades Indonesia’s share in global textiles has grown noticeably. Compliments to your ministry for this! Could you share a brief overview on Indonesian textiles and your ministry’s role in it?
What are the main components of Indonesian textile industry?
How do you foresee Indonesia’s performance in textiles & garments sector in the next decade?
Merchandising, Marketing Expertise and other core skills areas need to be addressed by Indonesian Textiles sector to elevate its competitiveness. Does your Ministry foresee any role in these vital areas?
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