Indonesia is targeting the third position in the global footwear industry by improving its current position as the fourth country after China, India, and Vietnam (Source: en.tempo.co)

Jakarta (VNA) - Indonesia is targeting the third position in the global footwear industry by improving its current position as the fourth country after China, India, and Vietnam.

Ratna Utarianingrum, Director for Small and Medium Industries for Fashion and Crafts of Indonesia’s Industry Ministry, said 86 percent of the footwear in the world is produced by Asian countries, where China takes 80 percent of the total production, while the other 6 percent is produced by India, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

She added that Indonesia’s market share is 3.3 percent globally. However, the total production of footwear in Indonesia differs slightly from Vietnam, which is at the third position.

Indonesia’s footwear production has reached 1.1 billion pairs per year, of which 800 million pairs are for domestic use and the rest for export, with main destinations including Europe and the US, according to Antara news agency.

Meanwhile, the total production of footwear in Vietnam has reached 1.2 billion pairs per year, and most of them are exported to foreign countries.

In addition to its superiority in terms of the total production, Vietnam is also benefited by its closer geographical position to China, which allows its easy access to the export market.

Indonesia will continue to increase its capacity in footwear industry, from the design, management, and distribution, in order to be able to compete with Vietnam.

Through the Indonesian Footwear Industry Development Centre at the Industry Ministry, the government seeks to increase the skills of national shoe craftsmen, whose alumni have reached eight thousand people since its establishment in 2009. In addition to recognizing new shoe entrepreneurs, the centre also provides coaching program for crafters to run their business and tackle various problems.-VNA