JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia’s textile exports rose by 5 per cent on a year-on-year basis in 2017 after being stagnant in the 2012-2016 period despite a decline in global textile demand in the year, according to the Indonesian Textile Association. Exports to the United States (U.S) and Japan fell by 2 per cent each while to the European Union (EU) fell by 3 per cent. These declines were offset by rising textile demand in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, said the chairman Ade Sudrajat. About 36 per cent of Indonesian textile shipments go to U.S followed by Middle East 23 per cent and EU 13 per cent. According to the country’s Investment Coordinating Board nearly $759 million was invested in Indonesia’s textile industry during January to September 2017 period, much higher than the figure in the same period a year earlier.