BPS to conduct survey of business sector affected by COVID-19

BPS to conduct survey of business sector affected by COVID-19

Central Statistics Agency (BPS) head Suhariyanto during a special interview with ANTARA on the 2020 population census and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Jakarta on Tuesday (July 7, 2020). (Antara/ Dewa Wiguna)

We (will conduct the) survey without face-to-face (interviews) to avoid the spread of COVID-19
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) plans to conduct a survey of business sectors affected by the coronavirus pandemic to get an idea of the extent of its impact on businesses in Indonesia.

 

The agency wants to ascertain where the impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been the deepest "even though it actually appears that tourism has been affected significantly”, BPS head Suhariyanto said.

 

According to him, the sample survey, which will cover 17 business sectors across Indonesia, is scheduled to begin next week.

 

He did not specify how many companies will be surveyed, but said their number has been adjusted according to the proportion of businesses in a sector. For instance, tourism covers many businesses, from transportation, hospitality, food, to creative economy, he explained.

 

Other business sectors which will be surveyed include mining, agriculture and plantation, along with manufacturing, which includes many businesses, from automotives to electronics.

 

The survey will take two weeks and will be conducted over online platforms and e-mail as health protocols advise against face-to-face interviews in view of the COVID-19 outbreak, he said.

 

"We (will conduct the) survey without face-to-face (interviews) to avoid the spread of COVID-19," Suhariyanto said.

 

Earlier, the BPS had conducted a social demographic survey of the impact of COVID-19 on household groups. A total of 87 thousand respondents participated in the online survey.

 

The survey included the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on incomes, millennial spending patterns, and online shopping trends. (INE)


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