MIDEC Textile Sector Team Trips to Japan
IIST was commissioned to carry out the FY 2009 Project to Promote Industrial Advancement for the Promotion of Economic Partnerships of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). As part of this project, IIST invited a public-private mission consisting of 20 persons involved in the Indonesian textile industry to Japan from October 4 to 10, 2009.
Japan and Indonesia put a bilateral economic partnership agreement (the Japan-Indonesia Economic Partnership Agreement, or JIEPA) into effect in July 2008. Accordingly, centered on METI and together with the Japan Textile Federation and its affiliated organizations and associations, IIST has continued bilateral consultations involving the public and private sectors since December 2008 toward the implementation of bilateral cooperation in the textile field, which was included in the JIEPA. Through the various discussions held, the Indonesian side requested cooperation from Japan for strengthening the international competitiveness of its cloth manufacturing industry (including dyeing and processing).
Dates: October 4-10, 2009
Organized by:Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
In cooperation with:Japan Textile Federatio
Commissioned:Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Twenty persons involved in the Indonesian textile industry participated. The breakdown was as follows:
*Indonesian Ministry of Industry (including research)
*Textile industry organization
In light of this background, IIST invited a public-private mission from Indonesia and provided the participants with opportunities to visit Japanβs textile industry facilities, mass merchandise stores (clothing sales departments), and a textile exhibition, took part in working group discussions with representatives of the Japanese government and textile industry organizations, and deepen their understanding of the Japanese textile market.
Members of the Indonesian mission commented that they had learned a lot from their visit to Japan and expressed hope for the cooperation between Japan and Indonesia in the textile field that is scheduled from now on. In particular, during their visits to factories, they expressed surprise that Japanese companies manufacture high-quality products even though they do not possess the newest equipment. Their discovery of the fact that human resource development was more important than machinery was a major outcome in terms of the building of cooperative relations from now on.
General Affairs Dept.