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Jakarta Post

Govt helps MSMEs tap Chinese markets through special e-commerce platform

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 15, 2021   /  03:21 pm
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Easy shopping: A toy shopping cart sits on a laptop keyboard to illustrate e-commerce.(Shutterstock/File)

The government seeks to promote products of Indonesian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan through a newly launched e-commerce platform. The Trade Ministry officially opened Indonesia Store (IDNStore) on Thursday, although the platform has been running since November last year. “We can report that, since [we started] operating in November 2020, more than 1,000 businesses have joined the platform, and there have been transactions between Indonesian and Hong Kong businesses,” Kasan Muhri, the director-general of national export development at the ministry, told reporters in an online briefing on Thursday. The launch comes at a time when the Indonesian government is trying to boost exports from small businesses. Small businesses account for only 14 percent of the country’s total exports. In contrast, the businesses ac...