"A transaction was already recorded at the exhibition, and when I returned home in Aceh, the export demand was rising, especially from Malaysia," Nery Nazwani Halim, who owns Temas Coffee in Medan, remarked on Saturday.
Since coming back home and until this week, the demand for Gayo Coffee has trickled in from different importers, particularly from Malaysia.
Halim claimed to have been a Pertamina MOR I-promoted partner since 2018 and was extended an invitation by Pertamina to be part of the ICPF cooperation with other BUMN-aided MSME entrepreneurs.
"I am thankful for being included in the exhibition, and what is more, the outcomes are quite positive owing to several requests," he remarked.
Two Malaysian exporters had placed an order for 100 kilograms (kg) and 500 kg of roasted coffee this week.
"Certainly, I am optimistic of more exports, as some importers have expressed readiness to collaborate," Halim noted.
Unit Manager of Pertamina Communication & CSR MOR I Roby Hervindo elaborated that wide-ranging products from 27 BUMNs were on display at the ICPF Exhibition.
Pertamina has included four SME partners comprising two of the MSMEs from MOR I.
Apart from Temas Coffee of Aceh Besar, Empat Bersaudara Jaya, a leather footwear producer from Medan, North Sumatra, was also present.
Hervindo pointed out that sales transactions of footwear products from MSMEs in Tegal Sari Village, Medan, had reached some Rp9 million.
"The price of our products is indeed very reasonable, ranging between Rp35 thousand and Rp100 thousand per pair," Tengku Syarifah, owner of the Empat Bersaudara Jaya business, remarked.
Syarifah revealed that handmade and embroidered products were viewed as attractive by the four partners.
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