March 05, 2021 | Invest Indonesia

Digital Trade Must Empower MSMEs: President Jokowi

Source from: Antara News

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President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stressed that digital trade in Indonesia must be focused on always empowering and encouraging the performance of Micro, Small, & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and proffer benefits to the wider community.

“Digital trade must encourage our MSMEs. We have seen the benefits. Digital power must be utilized to link the supply of MSMEs in Indonesia with national and global markets,” President Jokowi stated during the inauguration of the 2021 Ministry of Trade’s National Working Meeting from the State Palace in Jakarta on Thursday.

President Jokowi remarked that digital trade must ultimately be able to empower MSMEs across Indonesia.

The head of state noted that if small business actors were appointed and given the opportunity, they would be well-managed and even be able to export products.

President Jokowi believes that MSMEs only require assistance in terms of packaging that should be improved, brands should be strengthened, pushed for exports, and the business capacity be increased.

“Our job is to encourage banks to inject into our MSMEs, so that their capacity can increase,” President Jokowi stated.

The president noted that if a digital trade practice is unfair to MSMEs, it must be immediately regulated and resolved.

“Just last week, I told the trade minister, there is something wrong with this. In our digital trade, we have to defend and protect and empower our MSMEs to advance in class. This is one of the most important tasks of the Ministry of Trade,” President Jokowi stated.

Reporter: Hanni S, Azis Kurmala
Editor: Fardah Assegaf, Ine