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Indonesia to shield creative industry with copyrights
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2008-06-06 10:16
The Indonesian government plans to provide a framework for the protection of copyrights and financial assistance to help encourage creative businesses, an official has said.

Trade minister Mari Elka Pangestu said the framework would form part of industry's development blueprints.

"With the protection of copyrights and provision of financial assistance for small and medium businesses, we expect to be able to nurture the industry," Mari Elka Pangestu was quoted Thursday by The Jakarta Post as saying.

The creative industries comprise 14 areas; music and musical instruments, advertising, architecture, handicrafts and art festivals, antiques, design, fashion, film, video and photography, interactive games, performing arts, printing and publishing, computer services and software and radio and television.

Mari is upbeat the creative industry would achieve the target of 11 percent contribution to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025.

"Between 2009 and 2015, our efforts will be to strengthen the basic creative economy, while the acceleration (of that process) will occur between 2015 and 2025," she said without mentioning any methods.

Mari said during the acceleration period, the industry would contribute 9 to 11 percent to the GDP and account for 12 to 13 percent of the country's total exports.

According to the Central Statistics Agency, between 2002 and 2006, the creative industry contributed an average 6.3 percent to the national GDP, or equivalent to 104.68 trillion rupiah (11.2 billion U.S. dollars).

The industry absorbs some 5.4 million workers and ranks fifth among Indonesia's top export commodities.

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