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Indonesia sharing its experience on developing SMMEs

22 February 2019

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Pretoria in collaboration with Bodibeng Library and Kgwebong Consulting held a "Seminar on Township Economy: Lessons from Indonesia Experience" at the Bodibeng Library, Soshanguve Township, Gauteng Province, South Africa, on February 21, 2019. This activity is one of a series of activities to commemorate 25 years bilateral relations between Indonesia and South Africa, as well as celebrating the 20 years of the establishment of the Bodibeng Library.

The seminar brought speakers from the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria and South African SMME entrepreneurs who had experienced capacity building training in Indonesia. The participants positively welcomed the activities which had enriched their insights and provided opportunities to build business networks. The participants at the event were the entrepreneurs of local SMMEs in South Africa engaged in garment, household needs and event organizers.

With a technical-level approach, the participants got practical tips from the speakers. The Economic Officer of the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria, Mr. Abdul Gafur, delivered a presentation on the good practices of the Indonesian Government in creating a conducive business climate for domestic SMMEs. “Our Government acts as facilitator in developing SMMEs. Policies which issued in favour for the entrepreneurs are among other: simplifying business permits, decreasing lending rates, relaxing taxes, providing market access, and standardizing products”, Gafur mentioned.

Mr. Sello Motsei from Kgwebong Consulting shared his experiences of business development of SMMEs in Tasikmalaya, West Java from his visit there. In 2014, the Municipality of Tasikmalaya and Indonesian Chamber of Commerce invited Mr. Motsei as a representative of South African entrepreneurs to film a documentary about the role of SMMEs in Indonesia. "The key to success of Indonesian SMMEs is not only about their determination, but also the culture of mutual-help in the community," explained Mr. Motsei who believes that those values play a major role in the development of SMMEs in Indonesia.

A Q&A Session followed the presentations in which several local entrepreneurs asked how to further develop cooperation to expand their businesses. A garment entrepreneur in Soshanguve for example, asked about the procurement of good quality and competitively priced batik fabrics from Indonesia.

This activity is a testament to Indonesia's support for South African SMMEs as well as promoting Indonesia to the local entrepreneurs and the public in general. With the spirit of south-south cooperation, this event was also one of the efforts of the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria to further introduce Indonesia to all levels of the South African community.

The Indonesian Trade and Promotion Centre (ITPC) of Johannesburg took advantage of this opportunity to showcase some of Indonesia’s domestic products. Products such as instant noodles, energy drinks, and instant coffee were enjoyed by the visitors. The ITPC Johannesburg had the opportunity to build a new network with potential resellers. It is expected that after this event, there will be a follow-up of cooperation through the hands of South African SMME entrepreneurs.

Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria




February/March 2020








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