Bandung, W Java (ANTARA) - The School of Business and Management (SBM) of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) has said it is helping the government support the development of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the halal industry.

These efforts are being implemented in the form of helping MSMEs to become digitally literate, it said.

In a press release issued on Saturday, SBM ITB lecturer Oktofa Yudha Sudrajad said the government, through the National Committee for Sharia Economics and Finance (KNEKS), is collaborating with a number of parties to develop halal industry MSMEs.

SBM ITB is also taking part in these efforts and will help MSMEs develop through the utilization of digital technology, he informed.

SBM ITB will develop a module on the application of digital technology in business for SME players, he said. Furthermore, it will organize training on the use of digital technology, he added.

During the training, MSME players will be introduced to subjects ranging from social media, market places, to financial technology (fintech), Sudrajad said. All activities will be carried out online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.

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Sudrajad expressed the hope that with training, MSME players would recognize the benefits of digital technology and utilize it for their businesses.

After training, MSME players will be monitored by SBM ITB in the use of digital technology, he informed. MSME players will also be able to share their experiences and obstacles faced through an online group chat, he added.

According to Sudrajad, the use of digital technology is a must for SMEs because it can help entrepreneurs reach a broader market, including foreign countries. Thus, it can help increase their turnover, he said.

Meanwhile, National Committee for Sharia Economics and Finance (KNEKS) executive director Ventje Rahardjo said the development of MSMEs is the government's main agenda. Many efforts have been made so that Indonesian MSMEs can reach the global market, he added.

"However, currently, support for MSMEs is still running individually, not yet coordinated. Therefore, we are synergizing various parties to develop MSMEs," he remarked.

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Translator: Ajat Sudrajat, Raka Adji
Editor: Suharto
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