Metro, Suara.com – The Minister of Trade (Minister of Trade), Zulkifli Hasan appreciated the 2022 Autonomy Expo (AOE) and his party is ready to help market SME products to international markets. He conveyed this when closing AOE 2022 at JCC Senayan Jakarta, Friday (22/07/2022).
Zulkifli Hasan appreciated the Association of Indonesian Regency Governments (Apkasi) for being able to present the annual exhibition, which this year is the 17th time.
“This exhibition is important to introduce our superior products. From this exhibition we can get data on buyers and investors who can later be followed up to become big consumers. Once again appreciation for Apkasi, added success and glory always,” he said.
Zulhas, the greeting of the Minister of Trade, also invites all of us to be grateful that after going through 2 years of pandemic, conditions in the country are getting more conducive and the Covid-19 case is getting more and more sloping. visited. However, he still reminded all of us to remain vigilant, by continuing to familiarize ourselves with health protocols and a healthy lifestyle.
“Secondly, we are also grateful that even though the pandemic lasted 2 years, Indonesia’s economy was still growing above 5%, better than China’s 4.8%, Singapore’s 3.4%, South Korea’s 3.07% which even the US only had 4. 29%. If today’s GDP is US$ 1.3 trillion, then in 20 years it is expected to reach US$ 3,500 to US$ 4,000 trillion, and if it has reached US$ 4,000, Indonesia will enter the level of developed countries in the world, God willing,” he said.
Interestingly, continued Zulhas, which supports the national economy is the MSME sector, as much as 61% by contributing 97% of labor absorption. For this reason, he continued, the Ministry of Trade developed what is called a toll-way so that MSMEs both inside and outside can develop quickly.
“First for the domestic segment, we will develop a million MSMEs, of which a million existing MSMEs will be developed with various government programs such as KUR and others, as well as collaboration with large entrepreneurs which are mutually beneficial,” he said.
Zulhas admitted that he had invited dialogues with retail entrepreneurs who have a network to villages to be invited to cooperate in encouraging MSMEs. He said, the existence of this large retail business, of course, we support and we do not disturb. They have logistics warehouses in their respective regencies and provinces, and their suppliers and their forms of support will be required through the Minister of Trade Regulation which is currently being drafted, to develop the stalls in the vicinity.
Zulhas added that the Ministry of Trade is also cooperating with international partners to open new distribution channels.
“In the past, our hub was centered in Singapore for the European and American markets and that’s good. Now, we will create a new hub, namely through Dubai. Through this hub, later we can market products to the Middle East and African markets. Africa has a population of 1 billion, you can buy anything. If the Regent sends food, clothing, agricultural products, they buy it, and this has the potential to expand further to Central Asia and Eastern Europe, including India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. It’s a very big market and they have the money,” Zulhas said.
The steps that have been taken, continued Zulhas, of course require cooperation with the regional government, the regents, the UKM and large entrepreneurs to move together.