Indonesian Ministry of Public Works Emphasizes its Contributions to the MSME Sector Through Highway Rest Areas

- 19 July 2022 08:30 WIB
Rest Area Tipe A. Tol Semarang – Solo, KM 429 A. (Photo/Twitter @KemenPU)
Rest Area Tipe A. Tol Semarang – Solo, KM 429 A. (Photo/Twitter @KemenPU)


JAKARTADAILY.ID – Indonesian government through the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) continues to strive to realize good service quality, especially in services at toll road Service Rest Areas.

Director General of Highways Hedy Rahadian said that toll roads are the Government's strategy to reduce logistics costs and cut travel time, which makes toll roads the backbone of the Indonesian economy.

Toll road services include the fulfillment of aspects of smoothness, safety, and comfort for toll road users. These toll road services need to be supported by resting places and services on toll roads that are in accordance with standards.

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"Of course, it's not easy to build a toll road, the service that used to serve on the national road, we currently provide a place in the rest area," said Hedy Rahadian at the signing of the MOU on the Provision of Promotion Places and Development of Cooperatives, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) on Public Infrastructure, Friday, July 15, 2022.

Hedy said that the Service Rest Area is expected not only to be a place to stop or rest but also to provide local products. On a broader scale, rest areas are encouraged to become economic triggers for the surrounding area.

MSMEs are an extraordinary buffer against economic turmoil and are the most resilient sector is facing economic recession.

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The government also continues to improve rest areas' facilities and services while empowering the local area. One of them is by inviting MSME owners to offer local superior products.

That way, toll road users can get local products with local brands as souvenirs, which can have a positive impact on the community's economy.

The provision of MSME facilities at rest areas is carried out at 117 rest areas spread along toll roads on the island of Java which consists of 88 rest areas, while on the Trans Sumatra toll road there are 27 rest areas and toll roads on Kalimantan Island there are 2 rest areas.

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“The percentage of MSMEs in rest areas reaches 72 percent and 28 percent for non-MSMEs. So the total number of MSMEs that have established their outlets in all rest areas is divided into 1,850 MSMEs and 709 Non-MSMEs," he said.

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Editor: Suksmajati Kumara


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