"For adapting to the new normal, we, from the business sector, will make our preparations and implement health protocols optimally and with discipline in various sectors," Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Rosan P. Roeslani stated in Jakarta, Friday.
The implementation of the new normal policy is in accordance with Minister of Health Decree Number HK.01.07/MENKES/328/2020 on Guidance on Prevention and Control of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at Offices and Industrial Workplaces in Support of Business Sustainability in Pandemic Situations.
Roeslani remarked that the protocols for entering the new normal will prioritize the protection of basic health rights of workers and support sustainability of the workers' productivity.
Furthermore, he deems the government's decision to implement a new normal as apposite since it offers space for businesses to revive their movements.
The large-scale social restriction (PSBB) policy cannot be applied on a prolonged basis, he noted, adding that companies, thus far, had incurred added costs owing to the implementation of the COVID-19 protocol.
The Chamber had earlier conducted comprehensive studies and evaluations to prepare the business community to deal with situations during the pandemic by issuing guidelines for handling and preventing the COVID-19 pandemic in the business world.
"What we need to watch out for is the timing of this new normal period. We also pay attention to the health sector to gauge whether it is starting to improve or slide," he remarked.
The status of each area in the country also differs, as some are ready to face the new normal, while others are not there yet.
"Later, we must slowly evaluate what the stages are as well as the readiness of the industry," he stated.
The economy can slowly be revived based on the results of the evaluation, since businesses must also adapt, innovate, and be creative to deal with the situation. The labor-intensive industrial sector must be a priority.
"With economic growth declining, the labor-intensive industrial sector should be pushed to slowly become a priority first. The labor-intensive sector must be ready to face the new normal, so that the number of layoffs can be suppressed," he emphasized.
The parliament members’ visit to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry was led by Coordinator of the House's COVID-19 Task Force, Sufmi Dasco Ahmad, along with members from various Commissions in the House of Representatives and Special Staffs to the House's Deputy Chairman.
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