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Jakarta Post

Govt to disburse $1.49b in cash transfers to unbankable small businesses

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas and Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 13, 2020   /  08:42 am
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A worker makes a guitar at the Guitars Gore workshop in Lebak, Banten, on Feb. 17. (Antara/Muhammad Bagus Khoirunas)

The government is set to disburse on Monday Rp 22 trillion (US$1.49 billion) in cash transfers for millions of unbankable micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help them start over during the slowing, pandemic-hit economy. According to Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki, funds had been allocated for the first phase of the program, which will see 9.1 million MSMEs receive Rp 2.4 million each. It eventually aims to provide cash transfers for 12 million MSMEs. He said the government had compiled data on around 17 million MSMEs, including from cooperatives, regional administrations and the Financial Services Authority (OJK), adding that the government would “verify and validate” the data so that the stimuli could be “well-targeted”. “The President has agreed to provide productive aid for MSMEs in a bid to addre...