JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have recorded a 14-percent growth in exports in 2020, said Minister of Cooperatives and SMEs Teten Masduki.
President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo gave Teten the task of increasing export activities of Indonesian SMEs.
Teten explained on July 9 that the ministry is focusing on empowering Indonesian SMEs that have unique products with export potential.
To achieve the goal set forth by Jokowi, Teten said his ministry has focused on collaborating with ministries, institutions, the international business community as well as academics.
The collaboration is hoped to roll out the ministry’s plans to meet the big task of fulfilling Jokowi’s goal smoothly.
“Let me remind you that exports and imports have gone down. This is the ideal moment for us to position Indonesian SMEs’ products in the market.”
The Indonesian government has set aside several programs to improve the competitiveness and quality of Indonesian SMEs and their products.
One of the ministry's programs is Foster SMEs which encompasses a partnership with e-commerce companies in Indonesia.
“In the Foster SMEs program, our Indonesian SMEs are provided training, guidance, and all necessary materials to establish an online presence and compete. We initiated this program together with other e-commerce companies,” said Teten Masduki.
Around 789,000 Indonesian SMEs have joined the digital platform through the government’s Proud Indonesian Products program.
The program was the Indonesian government’s effort to support Indonesian SMEs that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Teten said that since May 14, 2020, the program has seen the participation of 789,000 Indonesian SMEs.