Millions of MSMEs should embrace digital transformation: Jokowi

Millions of MSMEs should embrace digital transformation: Jokowi

A national campaign on MSME products in Bali on January 11, 2021. ANTARA FOTO/Fikri Yusuf/wsj.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian president pushed for millions of micro-, small-, and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) to embrace digital transformation as a gateway to penetrate the digital marketplace and become part of the national and global supply chain.

"The data I have indicates an increase of 10 to 15 percent in online sales transactions. This strengthens the national campaign to buy MSME products offered in e-commerce. Moreover, eight million of the 60 million MSMEs have already connected with digital markets," President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) pointed out.

Jokowi called for the need to boost the digital transformation campaign to cover more MSMEs to join e-commerce.

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Hence, the head of state sought to offer more training to MSMEs to enable them to utilize digital technology.

"Currently, we have started the online training model in the pre-work card program, which mostly uses light and practical training. This can also be implemented by ministries and institutions in collaboration with the digital community by providing free online trainings," he explained.

The president expressed belief that through collaboration involving the Indonesian digital community, including Microsoft, Indonesia's strength would increase manifolds to speed up the ongoing digital transformation process. Related news: Minister stresses ASEAN cooperation to expedite digital transformation