Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Association of Indonesian Indigenous Businessmen (HIPPI) has asked the government to increase business opportunities for domestic industries and products.

HIPPI general chairperson Suryani Motik said here on Tuesday the government could realize it by opening business opportunities in the vital sectors for domestic businessmen so that they could boost domestic economy and export value.

"Indigenous businessmen should become the main players in their own country," she said.

She said the growth of imports in 2010 was found to be faster than that of exports. This happened, she said, because the government had implemented a liberal economic policy that had even created a battle front for industrialists.

Meanwhile, Suryani, said through regulations and de-regulations the government had indirectly created opportunities and means for foreign businesses to enter and control vital sectors and strategic industries such as oil, gas, banking and other resources.

While on the other hand she said there are seven non-oil/gas commodities that have bright prospects in 2011 such as textile and textile products, footwear, automotive, paper, palm oil and its derivatives, processed cocoa and cocoa beans and coffee.

"With the potentials the government should have been able to give business opportunities to domestic industries and products," she said.

HIPPI secretary general Herman Heru Suprobo meanwhile said the government had to take efforts to produce polices that side fundamentally with domestic industries.

He said improving service and infrastructure had to become the main focus to improve effectiveness and increase production.

"In view of the WTO if we do not encourage use of domestic products our goods and services would vanish. In view of that the government must be harsh with regard to open economic policies," he said. (*)

Editor: Kunto Wibisono
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