President: “I Love Indonesia” movement is not protectionism

April 23, 2009 11:05 am 

JAKARATA, April 22 — The campaign for the movement of "I Love Indonesia" and the launch of "Love Indonesia 100 Percent" logo are by no means protectionist effort, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Wednesday.

The president made the statement at a function to launch the Movement and the Logo of I Love Indonesian Products at the Jakarta Convention Center.

"The 'I Love Indonesia' movement is not a protectionist effort," the head of state said.

According to the president, Indonesia as one of G-20 members committed to maintain the outcome of the G-20 summit in London in March to avoid protectionist tendencies.

"We want international trade to run well," the president said, adding that through the campaign of I Love Indonesia movement and the launch of logo on Love Indonesia 100 Percent, the government wanted the presence of good quality and competitive domestic products which all Indonesians can afford.

On the occasion the head of state also stressed the importance of encouraging the real sector to overcome the global economic crisis.

The president said as many as 2.2 million innovative industries in Indonesia were able to absorb 5.4 million workers, while 700,000 handicraft industries absorbed 1.8 workers.

He also said political stability and security in the country should also be maintained to ensure steady economic growth.

In the first quarter of 2009 Indonesia`s economic growth reached 4.6-4.8 percent, third highest after China and India.

Meanwhile, Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said the campaign for I Love Indonesia movement was intended to trigger pride about domestic products.

"The campaign should involve all national elements from government and private sectors, as well as intellectuals and the general people as the consumers," she said. (PNA/Antara)

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