JAKARTADAILY. ID – PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. or BNI (stock code BBNI) has distributed a diaspora loan of 50,000 euros to Warung Makan Padang Lapek, a BNI-fostered Padang etnic restaurant in the city of Den Hague, the Nederlands.
Member of Commission VI of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), Andre Rosiade, together with Indonesian Minister of SOEs, Erick Thohir, visited the Netherlands in order to see the BNI Diaspora Go Global program implementation.
Andre explained that the Go Global Diaspora program is an effort by the Ministry of SOEs through BNI to help improve the economy of the Indonesian diaspora in the world, as well as pave the way for Indonesian products to go international.
"I, Andre Rosiade, as a member of Commission VI of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), had the opportunity to accompany the Minister of SOEs, Erick Thohir, to see the BNI Go Global program in the Netherlands. On this occasion, Minister Erick Thohir also inaugurated the development of the Warung Padang Lapek Jo Restaurant in The City of The Hague, Netherlands," he said.
Andre appreciated BNI's proactive steps. According to him, restaurants such as Warung Padang Lapek Jo need to be supported because they have very high potential along with the high demand for authentic Indonesian food in the Netherlands and in other parts of the world.
"This restaurant was under development and now the area is twice as large as before. This development is assisted by the Ministry of SOEs through the BNI Diaspora Go Global Program. BNI helps finance diaspora in various worlds. Warung Padang Lapek Jo is assisted and financed by BNI Amsterdam and BNI London," he added.
Continue to Push Diaspora Loans
BNI President Director Royke Tumilaar conveyed that BNI's support for Warung Makan Padang Lapek Jo was a form of BNI's performance in encouraging the Indonesian diaspora economy. Moreover, Warung Makan Padang Lapek Jo also has very high potential along with the high demand for Padang Food in The Hague.
He hopes that this financing will help Warung Makan Padang Lapek Jo in terms of working capital as well as expand its business to attract more visitors.
"Of course, we really hope that the distribution of this diaspora loan can encourage the image of Padang Restaurant as a means to introduce Indonesian culture to the world stage," said Royke.