16 Oktober 2020
The Minister of Trade Release 25 Export Containers to America and Europe
A total of 25 containers of Indonesian products valued at IDR10.68 billion were exported to America and Europe on 16 October 2020. Products for export consist of brasseries, home decorations, furniture, gazebos, and handicrafts from PT Busana Remaja Agracipta, CV Palm Craft, CV Jaroe Design, CV Aurum Furniture, Yogya Gazebo, MD Craft, Belindo, and PT Out of Asia. The release of the export convoy from Yogyakarta to the global market was carried out by the Minister of Trade Agus Suparmanto.
This export convoy is a manifestation of the Ministry of Trade's commitment to continue increasing non-oil and gas exports to the global market as well as proving that domestically made products are of high quality and can compete in the international market amid the pandemic and global economic slowdown. Agus Suparmanto said that the Ministry of Trade will continue to facilitate business players and SMEs in increasing their exports and encourage the use of Indonesian products so that they can host their own country and international markets.
16 September 2020
Seminar and Coaching Clinic for SMEs in Furniture and Home Decor Product Sector
The government continued to increase exports during the Covid-19 pandemic which disrupted global trade flows. This time, the Ministry of Trade in collaboration with Belindo (Belgium-Indonesia Global Association of SME Products), held a seminar and coaching clinic for SMEs on September 16, 2020 at the Hyatt Hotel Yogyakarta. The event was attended by 18 SMEs members of Belindo in the furniture and craft sector and also the Director of Export Product Development, Olvy Andrianita. She said that local products should contribute to the national economy. So, it is important for the government to support export-oriented SMEs continue to grow, furthermore she hopes this seminar and coaching clinic can help SMEs to increase their competitiveness in the global market. The event discussed three main points regarding global product marketing strategies, product design development, and wood product certification (SVLK) that involve practitioners who are experts in their fields, so SMEs can discuss directly their business challenge with the experts.
11 September 2020
Government Support for Export Oriented SMEs during the Covid-19 Pandemic
The government continues to provide support for micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as one of the main sectors of economic drivers. This time, the Ministry of Finance (Kemenkeu) provided support that was implemented through the Program Penugasan Khusus Ekspor (PKE) collaborated with Lembaga Pembiayaan Ekspor Indonesia (LPEI), which is focused on export-oriented SMEs. For information, this PKE program has been determined by Keputusan Menteri Keuangan (KMK) Number 372/KMK.08/2020 on Special Assignment to Lembaga Pembiayaan Ekspor in order to support the Export-Oriented Small and Medium Enterprises Sector.
Through the program, SMEs will receive financing facilities with easy requirements and low interest rates. Hopefully, this policy can help SMEs with an export orientation get working capital or the need for investment to be able to increase competitiveness in the national and international market. SMEs who can get this financing facilities must be owned by Indonesian citizens (WNI), have a legal document (SIUP/NIB and NPWP), have carried out business activities for at least two years, then have a performing loan. SMEs are not in the process of claiming or having debt and have production network facilities with export products.
05 Agustus 2020
INDONESIA-BELGIUM VIRTUAL BUSINESS MEETING ON WOOD PRODUCTS AND FURNITURE
Indonesia - Belgium virtual business meeting was held at webinar on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 by Embassy of Republic of Indonesia for Brussel and Forum of Indonesian Forestry Community (FKMPI). This virtual business meeting was moderated by Dr. Efransah (Senior Adviser to the Indonesian Minister of Forestry and Environment). Panelists speaking at the event were Mr. Indroyono Susilo (Chairman of the Communication Forum of Indonesian Forestry Community), Mr. Nadir Oulad Omar (Representative of Belindo/Barabas), Alexander de Groot (Representative of Fedustria), Mr Philippe Delaisse (CEO Ethnicraft Asia). The objective of discussion is that SMEs players have more opportunities to export wood and furniture products and be able to take advantage of opportunities to increase the export level of Indo Belgium wood and furniture products and also to improve both countries strategic cooperation in forest industries through business to business (B2B) dialogue. According to Mr. Indroyono Susilo, all of the wood and furniture exports from Indonesia to Europe decreased by 20% in the first semester due to the covid-19 pandemic. The current situation shows that Belgium and Indonesia, including their own business communities, are in the transition period moving toward Post Covid-19 new normal. Facing this new normal era, in order to increase our export of wood and furniture products, various challenges that must be faced by exporters of wood and furniture products are are digitalization – shift towards online, better access to market trend and design, required government support to SMEs, required assistance for design and creativity, better education and machinery to train workforce to move towards automation and also strategic partnership with various Belgian companies.