Opening Ceremony of the Capacity Building Program on Enhanching The Development of Small and Medium Industry
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 05:18

The Government of Indonesia in collaboration with the Colombo Plan has organized a training course for Colombo Plan member states, namely “Capacity Building Program on Enhanching The Development of Small and Medium Industry” from 24 to  28 October 2016 in Bali. This program is implemented by Directorate General of Small and Medium Industry of the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia. There are 19 participants who joined the course from 13 Colombo Plan member states: Bhutan, Bangladesh, Fiji, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Papua Nugini, Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, Maldives, as well as Indonesia.

 

The opening ceremony of the program was held at Ramada Bintang Bali Resort on Monday, 24 October 2016. It was begun by the video screening of Indonesia South-South and Triangular Cooperation, followed by video on the profile of Directorate General of Small and Medium Industry. Mr. Roy Sianipar, the Secretary to the Director General of Small and Medium Industry got a first chance to deliver welcoming remarks on behalf of Ministry of Industry. He addressed several important points on that occasion. He stated that Small and Medium Industry was one of important powers in a country’s economy. Although small in number of employees, assets, and earnings, yet this group of industry had proven to be the most resilient in facing of the economic crisis. Furthermore, in an effort to improve the development and empowerment of small and medium industry,  Directorate General of Small and Medium Industry and Local Government were collaborating in policy formulation, institutional capacity building, and the provision of facilities for small and medium industry.

 

Mr. Setya Utama, the Secretary to the Ministry of State Secretariat had an honor to officially open the program. Before that, he highlighted that the program was a follow-up activity, based on the pledge of the Government of Indonesia, which was stated during the 44th Colombo Plan Consultative Committee Meeting, held in Nepal in 2014 and re-stated at the occassion of the 45th Colombo Plan Consultative Committee Meeting, held in Fiji from 28 to 30 September 2016. Through this program, he expected that the participants would know the Indonesia’s best practices in enhancing the development of small and medium industry, both in national level and local government level. He also informed the participants about the study visits to several small and medium enterprises. Through the study visits, the participants would hear directly the success story from the entrepreneurs: how they started from small business, improving their capacity, the collaboration with the government, organizing and managing their business, empowering the community, as well as developing strategy for promotion. Furthermore, it was highly expected that the participants would gain lesson-learned from their study visits in order to broad their knowledge and have a comprehensive understanding on how to enhance the development of small and medium industry.

From 26 to 27 October 2016, the participants shall have a trip to Denpasar, Gianyar, Jimbaran and Badung. Some small and medium enterprises which will be visited are Jenggala Keramik, POD Chocolate, Bali Spa Factory and Koppi Luwak Kemenuh. The participants will also visit Bali Creative Industry Centre, one of the Centre of Excellences under the Ministry of Industry. They will elaborate the role of this centre in supporting the development of small and medium industry, some services and vocational training provided by the centre to improve the capacity and skill of the entrepreneurs as well as other supports from this centre in terms of promoting SME’s products. In between the main activities, the participants will also have the opportunity to visit Tampak Siring Presidential Palace in Gianyar as part of cultural orientation session. Frankly speaking, the palace is not a commercial tourism site, only a few people who get specific accreditation may visit the palace. Since the participants are the guest of the Government of Indonesia, they are officially invited to have a short-trip-in house tour at the palace.

The Ministry of State Secretariat as the National Focal Point of the Colombo Plan in Indonesia and one of the National Focal Point of Indonesia South-South and Triangular Cooperation will continuously contribute in the development of Indonesia South-South and Triangular Cooperation program, including the capacity building program implemented by the Ministry of Industry. South-South and Triangular Cooperation is one of the national priority program stated in Nawacita of the President Joko Widodo. Therefore, Ministry of State Secretariat will always give its strong commitment to support Nawacita.

 

 

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