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Jakarta Post

SMBC Group donates $930,000 to help Indonesians impacted by COVID-19

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 3, 2020   /   03:58 pm
SMBC Group donates $930,000 to help Indonesians impacted by COVID-19 This file photo taken in 2017 shows the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group logo on the website homepage. (Shutterstock/Casimiro PT)

Bank holding and financial services company Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. has donated US$930,206 through the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help Indonesians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These are challenging times for everyone all over the world.  Global collaboration is now more important than ever to find ways to overcome the common challenges posed by COVID-19,” the company’s global business unit deputy head, Ryuji Nishisaki, said in a statement on Friday.

Nishisaki added the donation from the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) group served as an example of the institution’s commitment to contributing to Indonesia’s economy and society “especially in the time of a global health crisis that has caused immediate impacts on people’s livelihoods.”

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UNICEF representative to Indonesia, Debora Comini, said the UN body appreciated the donation.

“During this extraordinary time, UNICEF is pleased to accept this assistance from SMBC Group. This will allow us to further expand our response programs to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the health and livelihoods of children and women,” said Comini. 

Separately, employees of publicly-listed private lender Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Negara (BTPN) – in which SMBC has a 96.89 percent stake – raised Rp 166 million in donations to provide personal protective equipment to medical workers in various health facilities in 10 provinces across the country.