Indonesia overtook Russia and the United Kingdom to become the 10th
largest manufacturing nation, according to a United Nations report.
According to Vietnam News Agency (VNA), last year Indonesia ranked 12th.
However, the country has overcome difficulties caused by the global
downturn and improved thanks to its development policies, said Shyam
Upadhyaya, chief statistician at the UN Industrial Development
Statistics from the UN showed that the Indonesian maufacturing sector
improved since President Joko Widodo's policies improved productivity
and fiscal policy.
The Indonesian president's policies helped the country reduce inflation and attract more foreign investment.
The industrial sector, now accounting for close to a quarter of
Indonesia's gross domestic product, has lessened the dependence on raw
materials such as palm oil and coal.
However, analysts said that the world's fourth most populous country remains a difficult place to do business.
A lack of infrastructure prevents goods from getting to market
efficiently, while low-skilled labour, high costs for raw materials such
as steel and overregulation raise operating costs, they said.
Indonesia is also facing competition from regional countries in attracting foreign investment.