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Ministry wants to increase SMEs role in supply chains

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 4 2020   /  01:00 am
Didik is making handicrafts from bamboo waste from building residues into decoration items such as tissue boxes, trophies, mineral water containers until these houses are sold for 300 thousand to 8 million rupiahs which is one of the mainstay activities of the Youth Organization of Sumerta Kelod Village, Denpasar, Bali Sunday 12/01/2020. (JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

The Industry Ministry is seeking to increase the role of small and medium enterprises (SME) in supplying raw materials for big businesses, as the government wants to reduce reliance on imported goods. A program that runs from July 1-15 aims to prepare selected SMEs by helping them with brand registration, packaging as well as with National Industrial Standards (SNI) and halal certification to meet big producers’ product standards, according to Gati Wibawaningsih, the ministry’s director general of small and medium enterprises.

“The message this program is trying to convey is that local industries can produce what Indonesians need with quality products,” Gati said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday. The program is part of the government’s efforts to increase the role of small businesses, which contributed nearly 61 percent to the ...