"Financial technology (Fintech) industry players are called upon to make operational adjustments and to work from home based on the government's policy," Executive Director of Marketing Communication & Community Development AFTECH Tasa Nugraza Barley noted in a statement received in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Barley made assurance that the adjustment of such operational activities will not hinder or reduce the quality of services offered to consumers.
"All technology-based financial services provided by AFTECH, including: Digital Payment Systems, Digital Financial Innovation (IKD), Online loans, Equity Crowdfunding (ECF), and other Fintech solutions, continue to run normally," he stated.
AFTECH believes technology can help people to go about their activities in line with their needs, even if they have to work independently and remotely. AFTECH remains committed to working with all parties to help handle this situation.
AFTECH and all members are ready to assist the government, Financial Services Authority (OJK), Bank Indonesia (BI), and other government agencies to run strategic control programs of COVID-19, especially in the areas of fintech and digital technology.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) earlier claimed that it was most crucial to practice social distancing amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Jokowi also emphasized that in the face of this scenario, it was time to work and learn from home and also worship at home.
The president also invited all people to work together, help one another, and unite in handling the COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition, Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan noted on Sunday that the provincial government had decided to limit food sales at retail stores to circumvent panic buying amid the full-alert status of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The association of retailers today has imposed limits on food sales to control panic buying that could also disrupt the market's stability. We already had an agreement (with the association)," Baswedan stated at the Jakarta City Hall.
He noted that the curb will be effective this week while calling on people to only visit retail and department stores when necessary.
"Allhamdulilah (all praise be to Allah), Jakarta's food stocks are secured. According to Bulog (state logistics agency), we have at least 320 thousand tons of rice stored in warehouses. It could last for the next two months," Baswedan revealed.
Amid the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases over the past week, the Jakarta provincial government has suggested the Indonesian government to restrict in-and-out access to the country's capital city.
"We could not decide on this restriction on our own. The head of the national disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) should be consulted on this matter," he added.
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