Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Domestic consumption is predicted to grow 9.1 percent to Rp4,124 trillion in 2012 with the trade, hotel and restaurant sectors as the main engine, Trade Minister Gita Irawan Wirjawan said.

Business agents could take advantage of strong domestic consumption to increase the supply of their products to and the share of their products in the domestic market, he said at a working meeting with the House of Representatives Commission VI here on Monday.

The government was trying to encourage the public to have better appreciation for domestic products as part of efforts to increase the use of locally-made goods, he said.

The effort to improve the public`s appreciation for domestic products had been made by among others launching "I Love Indonesia" (ACI) movement and improving Indonesian image at home and abroad, he said.

The government also had begun implementing a program designed to increase the use of domestic products among others by encouraging state agencies to use more domestic products in the procurement of government goods and services, he said.

In addition, he added the government was also trying to control the import of goods that had the potential to lower the competitive edge of local products. (*)

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