"What I want to remind everyone is to push the retail business to adapt to a smoother transitioning in future," Suparmanto noted during a virtual discussion in Jakarta, Thursday.
The minister opined that retail businesspersons should not solely concentrate on offline business but also migrate to a digital ecosystem, through a combination of online and offline platforms.
Suparmanto reminded all elements of society, including consumers and sellers, as well as management of retail businesses to persistently apply stringent health protocols.
"I think with the new normal, we need to harbor a new spirit. Hopefully, what we strive to implement would proceed smoothly," he stated.
The Ministry of Trade had earlier confirmed that it will issue a trade ministerial decree to ease electronic business activities.
Minister Suparmanto explained that the soon-to-be-issued decree is derived from Government Regulation No. 80 of 2019 on Trade through Electronic System issued to boost sustainable e-commerce in the country, local-made products, and exports through online means.
The ministry stated that the decree will soon be issued to protect businesspersons and consumers after taking into account dynamic developments in electronic trade.
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