Creative industry can contribute more to national economic growth

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesias creative industry sector is currently small but has the potential to contribute significantly to the national economic growth, a senior official told a trade expo in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.

The Head of Research and Development (ARDI) at the Ministry of Industry, Haris Munandar, said, "Currently, the creative industries contribute just 7 percent to the national industrial growth."

Haris was speaking at a talk show on "Policies, Strategies, Opportunities and Challenges in Creative Industry in Indonesia," at the Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) 2016, a part of the Jakarta International Expo in Kemayoran.

Haris underlined that this potential can be seen in the form of various opportunities for the development of creative industries, particularly as the middle class population in Indonesia is rising and they are the biggest consumers of creative products.

"In recent years, the middle class is growing quite rapidly, and that becomes a great opportunity," stressed Haris.

In addition, the socio-cultural diversity and natural resources can inspire the creative industry domain to innovate further.

"Formal and informal education for businessmen is needed," Haris acknowledged, but pointed out that technology is one of the challenges in developing this domain.

According to Haris, Indonesia is categorized as a dynamic adopter, just one level above the marginalized countries.

This was because Indonesia continued to remain a consumer of technology that was created by another country.

"We hope that in the future, Indonesia would be able to contribute towards creating technologies that it can deploy domestically," he concluded.(*)