Indonesia gets creative

Indonesia plans to diversify export earnings away from commodities to tourism and creative industries.

Indonesia is preparing to diversify its exports away from commodity dependence just as the worldÆs leading economies look set to plunge into recession. Opening the Trade Expo Indonesia 2008 in Jakarta on October 21, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono identified three sectors with potential for growth tourism, creative industries and migrant workersÆ remittances.

The annual trade promotion event in the capital, supplemented by similar displays to match local suppliers with international buyers in other major cities such as Yogyakarta in central...

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