Jakarta (ANTARA) - Chief of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) Moeldoko said that he supports the “wise” digitalization of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) while paying attention to manpower absorption.

"President Jokowi (Joko Widodo) is paying attention to MSME growth, specifically on raising micro enterprises to become small enterprises and small enterprises to become medium enterprises," he said In a statement issued on Friday,

This can be done through digitalization, but efficient technology must not be allowed to reduce manpower, he said while opening the "All Food Indonesia” exhibition on Friday. Dozens of MSMEs as participating in the exhibition.

The improvement of creative economy-based local entrepreneurship has always been the focus of the government's program. The local economy sector is expected to innovate to meet global demand, he said.

So far, the government has managed to digitalize 19 million MSMEs out of the 30 million MSMEs targeted for digitalization by 2024.

"I appreciate exhibitions such as this because, in the end, it realizes the President's wish to raise MSMEs' class. I expect that this event can be a new spirit for producers," Moeldoko said.

The four-day culinary exhibition started on March 16, 2023, and ends March 19. It is being held at ICE BSD's Hall 2, Tangerang, Banten.

Acting governor of Banten, Al Muktabar, who also participated in the event's opening, said he expects the MSME exhibition to help answer economic challenges in society.

Earlier, the Trade Ministry encouraged efforts to digitalize MSMEs in Indonesia to improve efficiency and ensure price stability for consumers.

In Malang, East Java, on March 9, Deputy Trade Minister Jerry Sambuaga said that the digitalization of MSMEs is important for connecting buyers and sellers as well as distributors and merchants.

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