"Our target this year was 2.5 million MSMEs to get NIBs. Today, it (the target) has been surpassed. Now, 2.7 million have obtained NIBs. The biggest (group) is micro-enterprises, 2.6 million," he informed at the Micro-Business Formal Transformation Guard (Garda Transfumi) Appreciation Day event here on Thursday.
According to him, the number of MSMEs in Indonesia has reached 64.2 million, but only half of them need NIBs.
In addition, based on data from the Halal Certification Agency (BPJPH), the estimated number of MSMEs that require halal certification is also around 30 million.
He stressed that the target of halal certification and NIB issuance for 3 million MSMEs per year is too low because it would take ten years to reach around 30 million. Therefore, halal certification and NIBs issuance are being accelerated, he said.
"Next year, we will try to rev again, and maybe later, the work method will be enhanced," he added.
The minister informed that as many as 10 million MSMEs have been identified as permanent businesses. Thus, those MSMEs would be prioritized for NIBs, halal certificates, and distribution permits, he added.
He further said that data on the 10 million MSMEs would be submitted to the cooperatives and SMEs offices in regions and Garda Transfumi volunteers so that they can get mentorship and obtain NIBs and business certifications.
Garda Transfumi is a collaborative program between the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs, Mercy Corp Indonesia, MicroMentor, the MSME Joint Movement (Geber) Association, and other associations that recruit volunteers for Garda Transfumi.
Volunteers of the program assist MSME players in obtaining business permits, in this case, NIBs. Through the assistance, the government is providing protection and convenience to micro-entrepreneurs by helping them legalize their business.