Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Industry Ministry has initiated a business meeting to help facilitate small and medium metal industries in establishing partnerships with large industries in an endeavor to improve their competitiveness, the ministry's official said.

The business meeting had been held in Solo Raya, Central Java, on July 4-5, 2023, Director General of Small and Medium Industries at the ministry Reni Yanita noted in a statement received here on Friday.

This business meeting is a follow up to the memorandum of understanding forged among Cooperatives and Small and Medium Industries Ministry, Industry Ministry, and State-Owned Enterprises Ministry about partnership among cooperatives, and small, medium industries in the State-Owned Enterprises Supply Chain, signed on September 3, 2021, she said.

The event was joined by 44 participants from 22 small and medium metal industries, and representatives of such big companies as PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia, PT Yogya Presisi Teknikatama Industri, ATMI Group, PT Perkebunan Nusantara III (Holding), PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero), PT Indospring Tbk, PT Indoprima Gemilang Engineering, and CV Julang Marching Pratama.

Yanita remarked that her directorate general routinely hosts such events to ensure that small and medium industries can be productive and have competitiveness.

Partnerships that have been established allow the industries to have better market access and raw materials' supply, she added.

"Moreover, the partnership can push small and medium industries to be responsible in improving their (product) quality and quantity in a sustainable manner; adopt (better) management system; and develop human resources, information access, tech, permits, and others, as per their partners' requests," she elaborated.

Yanita noted that since 2018, the directorate general of small and medium industries had facilitated partnerships between 18 metal small and medium industries and 11 big industries, both state-owned and private-owned.

She said the supplies that are traded comprised machines for agriculture and plantation purposes, casting pump, medical devices' components, raw materials, heavy equipment components, as well as repair services.

"We hope that this event can serve as an opportunity for small and medium industries to get to know the types and specifications of components that can be supplied, supply plan in big industries, standard requirements, and procurement procedures of State-Owned Enterprises, so later, they can become part of the State-Owned Enterprises' supply chain," she pointed out.

To prepare small and medium industries prior to the partnership, the directorate general aggressively hosted several coaching programs so as to educate them on skills, such as technical production, facilitate them with machines for better effectiveness and efficiency, and dispatched expert to assist them in developing their products, Yanita remarked.

Moreover, they gave discount on each purchase of machines in order to improve the technology through restructurization and facilitated their product promotion through e-commerce, e-procurement, and exhibitions, she explained.

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