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Government, marketplaces team up to encourage SMEs to go online

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 24, 2018   /   08:04 pm
Government, marketplaces team up to encourage SMEs to go online Initiators and participants of the "Ayo UMKM Jualan Online" (Let SMEs Sell Online) campaign pose for a photograph during the launch event in Jakarta on April 26. (JP/Riza Roidila Mufti)

Several government institutions and six online marketplaces launched on Tuesday a national campaign to help small and medium business enterprises (SMEs) operate online.

The movement, called "Ayo UMKM Jualan Online" (Let SMEs Sell Online), is aimed at attracting and persuading SMEs across Indonesia to sell products via online marketplaces to increase profits and prosperity.

The government bodies that have taken part in the campaign include the Communications and Information Ministry, the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry and the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf).

Online marketplaces involved include Blibli.com, Tokopedia, Bukalapak, Shopee, Lazada and Blanja.com.

Through the campaign, the government has set the goal of seeing 8 million SMEs go online by 2020, Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry marketing service director Emilia Suhaemi said.

"SMEs have proven to be the backbone of the Indonesian economy, by contributing 62.5 percent to Indonesia's gross domestic product (GDP). That's why we have to support their development by helping them go online to expand their markets," she said during the campaign launch. As of 2017, a total of 59.26 million SMEs operated in Indonesia, however only 3.97 million SMEs were active online. (bbn)