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Indonesia exported fashion products valued at US$14.29 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.75 percent from 2017, reaching US$13.29 billion., Jakarta – The Industry Ministry will develop a digital platform to support the fashion industry by connecting material suppliers, designers, tailors and the industry, in a concept called the “Fitting Room”.

“In addition to integrating the fashion industry supply chain, this platform will provide convenience to consumers in buying fashion products according to their size, without having to come to tailors,” the ministry’s Director of Small and Medium Industries of Chemistry, Clothing, Crafts and Various Industry, E. Ratna Utarianingrum, said here, Tuesday (11/6/2019).

Fitting Room will be created this year, according to the Making Indonesia 4.0 plan which is the government’s strategy to participate in the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).

The fourth industrial revolution refers to automation and data exchange, driven by Internet advances in the manufacturing sector.

Ratna said the pilot project would be carried out by fashion industries in West Java.

“We hope that small and medium sized fashion enterprises in other cities could also implement Industry 4.0,” she said.

Moreover, she added, the national fashion industry has experienced positive growth every year.

Indonesia exported fashion products valued at US$14.29 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.75 percent from 2017, reaching US$13.29 billion.

“It shows that the Indonesian fashion industry has a comparative competitiveness that is quite high in the international market,” Ratna explained.

In addition, the fashion industry contributed to the resounding growth in the textile and apparel industry sector in the first quarter of 2019, which recorded the highest position at 18.98 percent. This performance exceeded economic growth of 5.07 percent in the same period.

Previously, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said that the domestic textile and textile products industry were able to compete in the global arena, noting its high levels of competitiveness.

The industry is supported by a structure that has been integrated from upstream to downstream, and the products are also known to be of high quality in the international market.

“With economic growth and a shift in demand from basic clothing to functional clothing, such as sportswear, the national textile industry needs to build production capabilities and increase economies of scale in order to meet demand in the domestic and export markets,” Hartarto said. (sel)

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Secretary General of the National Cooperative Council of Indonesia (Dekopin), Mohamad Sukri., Jakarta – The working of cooperatives in Indonesia will improve if digitalization is implemented and millennials have an active role in management, Secretary General of the National Cooperative Council of Indonesia (Dekopin), Mohamad Sukri said.

“In line with the instructions from the Minister of Cooperatives, the government directs that cooperatives in the near future must prepare for these two important things, namely the role of millennials and digitalization,” Sukri stated here Monday (24/6/2019).

Most of the cooperatives in Indonesia have been managed by elderly people thus far, and it was time cooperatives started to increase the role of millennials or the younger generation in management. The ministry aims to use the service of millennials who have various creative ideas, to help increase the number of cooperatives in the country and improve their working.

Moreover, if cooperatives have so far run their organizations in a conventional manner, they should be able to implement the newest digital systems or technology in the future, so that they will not be found lagging and can keep up with modern times.

If cooperatives in Indonesia improve their quality by increasing the roles of millennials in management and make good use of digital technology, it would have a major impact on the national economy, Sukri argued.

The commemoration of the 72nd National Cooperative Day would provide huge opportunities for millennials, Chairperson of 2019 National Cooperative Day, Pahlevi Pangerang said.

“One of them is through the Industry 4.0 Millennial Cooperative Jamboree,” he remarked.

The National Cooperative Day activities held in Purwokerto, Banyumas district in Central Java, will be attended by 400 participants consisting of some 102 representatives from 34 Indonesian Cooperative Councils, 105 representatives from Indonesian Local Cooperative Council in Central Java, 123 participants from student and youth cooperatives, and 70 participants from Start-up companies. (ant)

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Deputy of Infrastructure of the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), Hari Santosa Sungkari., Purwokerto – Indonesia has recorded the highest growth of digital economy among ASEAN member countries, with 90 percent of growth during 2015-2017, Deputy of Infrastructure of the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) Hari Santosa Sungkari said.

“During 2015-2017, the growth of Indonesia’s digital economy has almost reached 90 percent,” Sungkari told reporters on the sidelines of the Bekraf Developer Day 2019 here on Sunday (23/6/2019).

He said transactions through e-commerce platforms were mostly carried out by creative industry players and small and medium scale entrepreneurs.

In 2017, e-commerce transaction in Indonesia has reached US$8 million, of which US$5 million were made through online stores such as Bukalapak, Tokopedia, and others.

“The interesting fact is that of the US$5 million (transaction), the sellers are small firms led by women,” he added.

He disclosed that during the visit to several regions such as Magelang, Salatiga, and Bengkulu, he has met with housewives who sell their handicrafts and snacks production online.

“It is important for us that digital transaction will benefit Indonesia,” Sungkari remarked.

Bekraf Developer Day Purwokerto 2019, attended by all stakeholders in creative economy, is aimed at improving digital literacy.

“Today, we invite programmers who are expected to create applications to resolve any problem (in digital economy),” he said.

According to Sungkari, Indonesia has local wisdom and culture that could be repacked into more modern products.

There are 16 sub-sectors in creative economy that can be developed namely game application and development, architecture, product design, fashion, interior design, visual communication design, film/animation/video, photography, handicrafts, culinary, music, publishing, advertising, fine arts, television and radio. (sum)

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Communication and Informatics Minister, Rudiantara., Jakarta – For security reasons, the Communication and Informatics Ministry will require social media operators to make it mandatory for customers to provide cellular numbers when opening accounts.

“Those intending to open accounts must use cellular phone numbers, now it is not like that,” Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara said, following a hearing with the Commission I of the House of Representatives (DPR) here on Tuesday (18/6/2019).

The minister said he had sent letters to social media operators about the mandatory use of cellular phone numbers to open new accounts, as a measure to prevent negative contents.

By having cellular numbers, tt would be possible for authorities to trace or detect account owners disseminating negative contents, including hoaxes and fake news, he said.

The Indonesian Government has earlier obliged all telecommunication operators to require cellular owners to register and provide their profiles, including names and ID numbers, to the companies.

He also asked the social media to provide artificial intelligence and learning machine for users.

“So, it would be faster to look for violations. We would not need to look for, and only report later. The platform should be able to carry out early detection by using artificial intelligence and learning machines,” the minister said.

The ministry imposed restrictions on social media usage last May prior to, during and after the announcement of the presidential election results by the General Election Commission (KPU) on May 22, 2019, which triggered a protest in Jakarta on May 21-23, 2019.

Ferdinandus Setu, the ministry’s spokesman, noted that the social media restriction was situational and the final course of action would be determined after evaluating the content, extent of dissemination, and quantity of its use.

The ministry is currently stepping up the monitoring of social media to keep track of the rise in provocative content that could create rifts in the nation, similar to what had taken place in May, he stated. (fer)

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