Bank Jateng is collaborating with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) of Semarang seeking a breakthrough to intensify the export of MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) products from Central Java in order to be able to contribute the regional economy. This effort begins with a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) entitled “Finding Export Opportunities in the New Normal Era”.
The FGD, which was held at Gumaya Tower Hotel Semarang, was attended by at least 60 MSME doers in Central Java, where 17 MSME doers attended, among whom were customers of Bank Jateng. Also presented were several The Managing Director of Bank Jateng, Supriyatno, The Finance Director of Bank Jateng, Dwi Agus Pramudya, The Chairman of the Central Java Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kukrit Suryo Wicaksono and The Chairman of Semarang Chamber of Commerce Arnaz, Agung Andrarasmara.
The President Director of Bank Jateng, Supriyatno, in his remarks hoped that this activity could give benefit to the MSME doers, as well as foster good synergy between Bank Jateng and MSME doers. “Hopefully through this activity, UMKM doers can reap good results therefore later they can take direct action by export activities,” said the man who is familiarly called Pak Nano.
According to him, the products of UMKM doers in Central Java, including in Semarang, have advantages and are able to compete with products from other countries. From the existing data, it was stated that among the MSME doers who were present, most of them already had ready-to-export products, but had problems with the procedures for sending abroad.
The doers whose products are ready to export, such as MSMEs, producers of food and beverages, handicrafts and furniture which are in great demand by European, Australian and African countries. Currently, the biggest potential market for Central Java’s MSME products is Australia, followed by Europe and Africa.
During the pandemic, the government took several strategic steps to restore the national economy. The first is to increase exports of goods. Second, the government is spending on a large scale therefore domestic demand will increase and the business world is motivated to invest. “Third, the government prepares the various programs to encourage MSMEs to work again, one of its is a low-interest credit program for entrepreneurs,” said the man who is familiarly called Pak Nano.
To be sure, during this pandemic, the export opportunities from Indonesia are even greater considering the potential resources exist in our country, while the problems faced by MSMEs doers must be sought for solutions. “Since there is an FGD activity today, we will also invite friends from Customs, Pelindo and the Free Trade Agreement Center to dissect the problems experienced by MSME doers when exporting,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Director of Finance for Bank Jateng, Dwi Agus Pramudya, said that this activity was an effort of Bank Jateng to contribute increasing the economic activity in Central Java, especially those related to export activities. “Moreover the role of Bank Jateng itself will provide banking facilities to MSME doers, such as foreign exchange transaction services or providing credit and etc,” said Dwi Agus, Saturday (7/11/2020).
As for the new normal condition, according to Dwi Agus, it should be seen as an opportunity, not a threat. As a follow-up to the FGD, he promised to invite Kadin and the FTA Center to provide technical assistance to MSME doers in preparing to export their products.