Clothing Industry’s Off Season
The influx of imported textiles puts the local industry in a frenzy. Business actors suspect misappropriation of import incentives.
AT the Presidential Palace, September 16, President Joko Widodo was shocked to hear textile business actors’ complaints about how imported products are eating up the local market. Especially when he found out that numerous factories were shut down—rendering thousands of workers jobless—because of regulations deemed too welcoming to imported goods.
“The Indonesian textile industry is in a state of emergency,” Indones...