Jakarta, wapresri.go.id – In the midst of various challenges that are currently afflicting, the Indonesian economy in the second quarter of 2022 grew 5.44%, and the trade balance was a surplus of IDR 364 trillion. The recovery trend was predicted to continue, supported by increased community mobility, sources of financing, and of course business activities.

“This means that the role of business actors in driving the economy and accelerating the nation’s recovery is very real,” said the Vice President (Vice President) KH Ma’ruf Amin when opening the National Conference (Munas) I of the National Entrepreneurs Network (JAPNAS), at the Vice President’s Palace, Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta, on Wednesday (24/08/2022).

In the event, the Vice President specifically gave three directions to entrepreneurs in Indonesia. First, the Vice President asked entrepreneurs to develop the potential of the digital economy in all sectors.

“Digitalization encourages us to optimize the use of technology in various business sectors. In addition to the e-commerce sector, the potential of the digital economy in agriculture, health, education, tourism, creative industries and others must continue to be developed,” he explained.

Second, the Vice President appealed to entrepreneurs to foster innovations in order to create businesses that are competitive at the regional and global levels.

“Innovation acceleration and digitization need to be followed by good data literacy. Data-based business decisions will improve the quality of business processes from upstream to downstream to consumers, while still paying attention to the private data protection corridor,” added the Vice President.

Next, the Vice President asked to strengthen the collaboration of the business world, universities, the government, and all stakeholders to accelerate the development of a digital ecosystem that is both solid and adaptive to changing times.

“I invite entrepreneurs to embrace and involve micro and small enterprises (UMK) in their business activities, so that MSEs increase their competitiveness,” the Vice President urged.

“Our small entrepreneurs should not be stunted, and then they continue to be stunted,” he added.

In addition to the three directives, the Vice President also asked Japnas as one of the employers’ organizations in Indonesia, to be able to participate in developing the nation’s economy through trade in various natural resources (SDA) in Indonesia.

“The important thing is how we can process our natural resources well, so that we can downstream and sell them to other countries. Entrepreneurs who are [expected] to link agricultural, plantation and mining products, to be processed, downstreamed and then sold in finished and semi-finished forms,” said the Vice President.

Previously, the General Chair of the JAPNAS Central Executive Bayu Priawan Djokosoetono reported that after being established 7 years ago, now JAPNAS had established its offices in 20 provinces in Indonesia. All JAPNAS stakeholders continue to strive to design and build this organization as an action group to focus on increasing competitiveness through collective strength.

“Through the business matching program, we focus on economic integration. And increase competitiveness through collective strength,” said Bayu.

The National Conference with the theme “Together rise, move and work together to create a new economic giant towards a Golden Indonesia” was also attended by the General Chairperson of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) M. Arsjad Rasjid.

Meanwhile, present to accompany the Vice President in this event, the Head of the Vice President Secretariat Ahmad Erani Yustika, Deputy for Economic Policy Support and Competitiveness Improvement Guntur Iman Nefianto, Special Staff for the Vice President Masduki Baidlowi, and the Expert Team for the Vice President Johan Tedja Surya (DMA/LHS – BPMI Setwapres)