TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Teten Masduki said Bali has advantages that other regions do not have, such as the creativity, skills and perseverance of artisans.
“This is one of the advantages of Bali and it is important to manage it well so that the development of handicrafts and interior decoration can later use the market information base, and there will be research on the product development so that creative products can be more competitive than other products,” Teten said at a handicraft event in Bali that was watched virtually, Jakarta, Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
He believed that cooperation with representatives of global buyers in Indonesia should also be carried out. “We have many aggregators who have become exporters, for example aggregators of organic products, handicrafts and fashion. That way it will be easier [for business actors to export their products]”Teten said.
Through these various efforts, Teten hoped that Bali could become the center of international trade in Indonesia. This is supported by the government’s policy of making Bali an export center for the Eastern region through the East Smesco Hub facility.
“We are pushing Bali to become a hub for Indonesia’s international trade like Singapore…and Switzerland [given that the country] has no port, but there are 2,000 global businesses such as food suppliers,” Minister Teten said.
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