Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government is unable to meet the industrial sector's gas needs as it prioritizes demand from the export market, Chief of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Suryo Sulisto said.

"The policy to export gas is wrong," he said here Thursday.

The government had taken wrong steps by exporting much gas, he said adding the policy would weaken the domestic industry.

"It is impossible for the government to import gas because it is costly," he said.

Suryo said a lack of gas supplies to national industries had made them unable to compete with foreign rivals.

"Gas supplies often fluctuate. Sometimes they increase but sometimes they decrease and even stop. As a result, many companies turn to coal which is costly and is not environmentally friendly," he said.

The Kadin chief said low gas supplies would weaken investment growth and obstruct the creation of job opportunities.

"The Indonesian economy has been able to grow in the midst of global crisis. But what does the government-set economic growth target of 7-8 percent mean if it has no impact on the people at large," he said.


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