Bandung, West Java (ANTARA) - Indonesia's Ministry of Industry released the export of domestic textile fabric products manufactured by PT Mahugi Jaya Sejahtera to Dubai, with a transaction value of up to US$350 thousand.

"I appreciate the steps taken by the company to export the textile products to Dubai and some other Middle Eastern countries, marked by the release of three containers of fabric," the ministry's acting Director General of the Chemical Industry, Pharmaceuticals, and Textiles (IKFT), Taufiek Bawazier, stated at the send-off ceremony in West Bandung on Tuesday.

According to Bawazier, this export indicates an annual sales commitment of five million meters from the company as well as opening up non-traditional Indonesian markets to countries in the Middle East region.

Bawazier remarked that the garment and textile market in the Middle East region is expected to continue to grow significantly over the next five years. With a projected annual growth of seven percent, the value of the fashion market reaches US$89 billion.

Currently, Indonesia's allocation of textile and clothing exports to the region is only 5.4 percent of the total exports of textiles and textile products (TPT), or worth US$753 million, with a market share of only 1.5 percent, he noted.

This figure is far below market shares of China and India, at 38.3 percent and 21.4 percent respectively. Hence, the exports carried out by one of the Indonesian companies could be a pioneer in increasing the exports of domestic textile products, he disclosed.

The Ministry of Industry stated that the textile and clothing industry grew expansively on an annual basis year-on-year (yoy) in the first quarter of 2024, with values of 5.90 percent and 2.64 percent respectively, due to high export demand.

This expansive increase also supported the contribution of the processing industry to economic growth, namely 19.28 percent yoy, or an increase from the same period in 2023, with only 18.57 percent yoy.

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