BRILink agents at forefront in advancing MSMEs: SOEs Minister

BRILink agents at forefront in advancing MSMEs: SOEs Minister

State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir addressing a BRILink Agent Association gathering at Pemuda Hall, Surabaya city, East Java province, on Saturday (May 14, 2022). (ANTARA/YouTube channel of Bank BRI/uyu)

Thus, although I sincerely thank BRILink agents for their dedicated work, I expect that their capabilities will continue to be improved
Jakarta (ANTARA) - State-run PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia’s (BRI’s) smart selling BRILink agents have been at the forefront in helping micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) advance their business, State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has said.

Speaking at a BRILink Agent Association gathering at Pemuda Hall, Surabaya city, East Java province, on Saturday, he noted that BRI has prepared 60–70 percent of the disbursement target for people's business credit (KUR) this year.

With the government targeting to disburse Rp388 trillion (US$26.47 billion) in KUR in 2022, the company has prepared around Rp260 trillion (US$17.37 billion) of the targeted amount, he informed.

The establishment of the ultra-micro (UMi) financial holding comprising BRI, state-owned pawnshop company PT Pegadaian, and state-run microlending enterprise PT Permodalan Nasional Madani (PNM) can help MSMEs become drivers of Indonesia’s economic development, he added.

Hence, small businesses are continuously being encouraged to become advanced, while BRILink agents are pushing them to become drivers of economic activity.

The BRILink agents recorded a positive performance in April 2022, with the sales volume reaching Rp433.75 trillion (US$29.59 billion) -- an increase of 40.04 percent compared to the previous month.

However, the minister asked the agents to keep striving and working hard.

“The world is changing very fast, especially in this era of digital disruption. Thus, although I sincerely thank BRILink agents for their dedicated work, I expect that their capabilities will continue to be improved," he said.

Hence, he asked BRI officers to provide adequate training to agents.

"We hope that BRILink agents can start learning to analyze (the business pattern of) their customers. Moreover, as told by the board of directors of BRI earlier, there are additional features of the BRILink service, such as payment of taxes, state-managed healthcare and social insurance (BPJS), as well as (purchase of) ship tickets,” he added.

He then appealed to all BRILink agents to start improving their business and digital knowledge to develop and become better.

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