Spokesperson for the Ministry of Trade, Fithra Faisal Hastiadi, said that the government and the private sector are expected to be able to increase collaboration and synergy so that it can have a positive impact on expanding the marketing of MSME products amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The government, said Fithra, issued various policies amid the Covid-19 pandemic, starting from health interventions and also fiscal interventions. For interventions in the health sector, including PPKM, Covid-19 vaccination. Meanwhile, intervention in the fiscal sector is intensive provision for business actors, tax relaxation and so on.
“There are many questions today how the government will focus on health first or the economy first. In my opinion, health and economy are inseparable things, this variable does not stand alone, even though in simple terms people are healthy, first the economy, “said Fithra in a virtual smart chat (Ngobras) with the theme ‘Support the Government’s Efforts’. Increase Exports Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic ‘initiated by the Indonesia Care Forum (ICF) and Sinar Media Indonesia, Monday, February 22, 2021.
Fithra is optimistic that the Indonesian economy in 2021 will increase by around 6 percent with the assumption that many MSMEs and business actors jointly collaborate to create opportunities to boost economic growth.
At the same event, Saiful alias Bedjo, business and business actors from Yogyakarta said that in supporting Indonesia’s economic recovery amid the Covid-19 pandemic, apart from being able to create a domestic market, it must also be able to open and create markets abroad.
“We know that currently almost all parts of the world have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Including Indonesia, for almost a year, we all have felt the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The current serious impact is a health and economic crisis. Step by step various policies have been carried out by the government of the republic of Indonesia which we love. And we should support this policy and also implement it, ”said Saiful.
The conclusion said Saiful that the potential of MSMEs and SMEs has an important role to play in creating an international market. For economic recovery and acceleration during the Covid-19 pandemic with exports is a multi-functional strategy.
“And this is proven as an example of agricultural and plantation products, namely shredded coconut, we can imagine that currently there are approximately 7 countries in need, such as India, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Russia, Iraq, New Iceland with total export capacity in 2020 reaching 70.923 tons or the equivalent. 2.8 trillion, “added Saiful.
Therefore, as a business actor, fully support export efforts and all regulations in the context of economic recovery amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“A developed country is a country capable of creating a market created by business actors with the full support of the government,” said Saiful.