The Indonesian Footwear Association (Aprisindo) is urging the government to improve infrastructures and reduce taxes to make the local footwear industry more competitive and attract new investments. Projecting an increase of only 6 to 7 percent in the country's shoes exports in 2018, remaining below the 10 percent growth level like in 2017, Aprisindo notes that Indonesia is losing market share to Vietnam, which is getting new benefits from its free trade agreement with the European Union. On the other hand, Indonesian shoe manufacturers have been invited to get funding from a new program launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Unido) for the 2016-20 period.