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Indonesia’s state-owned firms asked to stop using imports

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Indonesia’s Vice President Jusuf Kalla has asked all state-owned enterprises (BUMNs) not to import goods for any reason and instead use domestic products in view of the ongoing global crisis, reported state news agency Antara.

"I don`t want to see any BUMN importing goods for whatever purpose. They can no longer do that," Kalla said in a dialogue with members of a non-governmental organisation called Society for Social Empathy (MPS) Saturday.

"All government programs must be void of anything imported. All the goods required should be procured at home. This is our way to empower our domestic industries and we can do it," the vice president said.

Kalla also explained how government policy could have a good impact on domestic industries.

"God willing, in 2010 the government will be able to save some 40 trillion rupiah compared with the fuel conversion cost which only reached between 15 trillion and 20 trillion rupiah," he said.


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