Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) greeted micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) who attended the Merdeka UMKM Apindo Festival in Grand Indonesia, Jakarta, recently. This activity was carried out by Jokowi after carrying out the inauguration of the National Leadership Council (DPN) of the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo) for the 2023 – 2028 period.
There were 259 SMEs out of 602 SMEs who registered through various participating categories and were curated by Apindo and accelerated partners.
The President also seemed enthusiastic about chatting with the perpetrators of empowering MSMEs. One of them is the Sampoerna Entrepreneurship Training Center (SETC), which is an MSME empowerment initiative by PT HM Sampoerna Tbk (HMSP), under the “Sampoerna for Indonesia” Sustainability Program umbrella.
Sampoerna’s Head of External Affairs, Ishak Danuningrat, who was present at the occasion, explained about the beneficiaries of the SETC program, which has been running since 2007.
“Until now, SETC has provided comprehensive training and assistance to more than 67,000 MSME actors across Indonesia,” said Ishak in a written statement, Thursday (3/8/2023).
Ishak revealed that MSME players who wish to join SETC are open to the public. So, MSME actors who want to develop their business can become members of SETC.
On the same occasion, the Chairperson of DPN Apindo, Shinta Kamdani said that Apindo launched the Merdeka UMKM program as a pentahelix collaboration, in which the ecosystem for growth and resilience of small and medium enterprises is strengthened by knowledge, human resources and good public policies.
The real form of this strategic collaboration will be realized through various mentoring and training programs, mentorship, access to capital, expanding cooperation in research and innovation as well as publications related to MSMEs widely in the community.
According to him, this festival is indeed in line with one of Apindo’s four priority programs in the next five years, namely empowering MSMEs which absorb 97% of Indonesia’s workforce.
“MSMEs are one of the pillars of the Indonesian economy, which not only contributes 61.9% of the total GDP, but also absorbs 96.9% of the national workforce in 2022. APINDO projects that Indonesia needs to create 2 million new jobs per year which is not only through industry, but also MSMEs,” he explained.
Shinta continued, the Merdeka UMKM program was here to develop a collaborative system which was expected to accelerate MSMEs to move up a grade.
“This program will prepare students to achieve maximum learning outcomes and entrepreneurial practices, as well as encourage the acceleration of MSME growth by collaborating with the government and the private sector that have good business practices,” he concluded.
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