JAKARTADAILY.ID - In an effort strengthen SMEs in the international market, the Indonesian government, through the SOE ministry has committed to purchase SME products and services worth Rp 14 billion.
This was stated by the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises of the Republic of Indonesia Erick Thohir while attending the opening of the Indonesian SME product exhibition at Al Jaber Gallery, Mall of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, yesterday.
Erick said that government support through SME product spending would also continue to be increased. Thus, SME players get a fixed market that can be used as a revenue base to increase growth.
"The point is (purchases) of under Rp 14 billion, the government spends through SMEs. That's big, you know. And remember, it must be registered through OSS," he added.
Meanwhile, Abdulla Jaber Belshalat, owner of Al Jaber Gallery at Mall of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, said that he had curated 30 SME products that are partners in the BNI Xpora program, digital solution developed by state-owned bank BNI. This portal is dedicated to SMEs who want to increase their business capacity.
He was amazed to see Indonesian products have a high quality and level of complexity as well. "This is very good. We will certainly encourage our customers to buy Indonesian products," he added.
He hopes that these Indonesian products will be able to maintain their quality in the future. The reason is, from this point on, customer demand will be higher. Moreover, Al Jaber will start placing SME products in all Aljaber outlets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
"In the future, we will also establish direct cooperation with Indonesian MSME players so that the procurement of goods is carried out more quickly," he added.