The top Indonesian exporters for 2007.
The annual Primaniyarta awards, the government's highest recognition for both local and foreign owned businesses in the country that achieved excellent export performance, were handed last week.
"Primaniyarta" is derived from a Sanskrit word that means high performing in the search for foreign exchange, apparently. 
The panel of judges for the awards consists of representatives of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, academia, the media, trade associations and government agencies.
Small and Medium Businesses
Global Brand Development
"Global Brand Development" is a special assessment category for companies that have exported products under their own brand name to at least three countries within the last three years.
Sound Performing Exporters
Meanwhile, Trade minister Mari Pangestu said on 24th October that the Indonesian export sector had recovered to pre-1997 economic crisis levels, "in terms of market share, in terms of the growth rate".
However she said export growth was primarily driven by commodities, rather than manufacturing, the latter of which had an annual growth rate of 5 to 10% in recent years. One problem related to this was that commodities industries, in contrast to manufacturing, employed relatively few people.
We haven't seen the growth that we would have liked in the labour-intensive industries.
In manufacturing one exception to Indonesia's lacklustre export performance was in consumer electronics but such areas as textiles and footwear were stagnant.
Pangestu said Indonesia would try to attract more investment in manufacturing by reforming labour laws, "in the near future".
The main issue companies complain about is the high cost of retrenchment compared to other countries.
Mari Pangetsu said: “We haven’t seen the growth that we would have liked in the labour-intensive industries.”
I say : Why? What is being done to make a positive change to this problem?
How is it ever possible to expect growth in the labour intensive industries when the Foreign Investement policy is not competitive and remains largely unchanged?
For example, from what has been reported about the Singapore – Kepulauan Riau Industrial Project, the progress is stymied by nonsensical bureaucracy. Much of the blame being fingered at Jakarta.
So, Madam Trade Minister, you cry for growth? That project is right at your doorstep and nothing positive (except for the Agreement signatures from both countries) has happened since.