Jakarta (ANTARA) - Bank Indonesia (BI) has implemented Bantuan Pintar, a community-based empowerment program, to help thousands of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), particularly roadside stalls, reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Collaborating with a private enterprise in the technology sector that adopts the digital kiosk technology, BI has helped around three thousand roadside stalls impacted by the pandemic.

BI's social program with its partner is a breakthrough that could become a role model for other forms of economic empowerment programs for MSMEs, especially ultra-micro businesses, BI's Deputy Governor Doni Primanto Joewono noted in a press statement here on Wednesday.

Bantuan Pintar is an integrated social aid infrastructure created as a form of optimizing the digital ecosystem, so that it could be used for broader purposes, especially amid the pandemic.

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The program is mutual assistance to support citizens and the government in helping sectors bearing the brunt of the pandemic in Indonesia.

Bantuan Pintar has two key pillars -- transparent distribution system and accurate social distribution -- in its social aid distribution. Bantuan Pintar acts as a social aid distribution infrastructure for thousands of kiosk owners that use this application.

The program also empowers roadside stall owners , who are an integral part of the Indonesian community.

Ever since Bantuan Pintar was initiated in May 2020, almost Rp20 billion have been distributed to at least 250 thousand recipients located in over 20 cities and districts across the country.

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