IMA urged to keep supporting MSMEs in Indonesia: minister

IMA urged to keep supporting MSMEs in Indonesia: minister

Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi. ANTARA/HO-Trade Ministry

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi has expressed hope that the Indonesia Marketing Association (IMA) consistently supports small and medium-scale industry and marketing professionals to boost the country's export.

"I offered my appreciation to the IMA for its cooperation to strengthen micro, small and medium-scale enterprises to make them able to compete in export markets. I hope that the IMA can play its active role in improving the quality of marketing professionals to boost Indonesia's export," Lutfi said in a statement here on Sunday.

He congratulated the association on the convening of IMA's national meeting. The biennial meeting has re-elected Suparno Djasmin as IMA's President.

IMA's co-founder Hermawan Kartajaya has lauded the performance of the association's leadership for 2019-2021 term that reflected IMA's values of innovation spirit, entrepreneurship, and humanity-based digital approach.

IMA's national meeting was held virtually on Saturday (Oct 16) and attended by some 1,000 members.

The mandate to lead the association would become a momentum of improving achievements and initiatives during the previous term, IMA's President Suparno Djasmin said, adding that he needs active support from all members.

"In line with our commitment to increasing IMA's role as a platform to develop networking and knowledge, we have been implementing various programs and digital innovation since 2019," he said.

IMA has 47 chapters across Indonesia with more than 873 active members. Some 607 of them have bagged the Certified Professional Marketer (CPM).