DPR monitors and supports national product standardization

Member of House of Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat – “DPR”) of RI’s Commission VI, Herman Khaeron. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO – Member of House of Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat – “DPR”) of RI’s Commission VI, Herman Khaeron, has requested the National Standardization Agency (Badan Standardisasi Nasional – “BSN”) to be more proactive in terms of socializing quality domestic products and standardization of products in potential sectors. This is necessary in order to help small national entrepreneurs gain more consumer interest in their products. 

“National standardization guarantees the quality of products and services for consumers. This is extremely important in terms of helping our Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises (Usaha Mikro, Kecil, dan Menengah – “UMKM”). Thanks to our support and endorsement, the quality of UMKM products has increased in recent years, the same as their added value. However, these products still struggle with market competition. The biggest problem is that UMKMs find it hard to obtain national certification due to its cost,” Herman stated in the joint hearing of DPR RI Commission VI with the Chairman of the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (Komisi Pengawas Persaingan Usaha – “KPPU”), the Chairman of BSN, and representatives of the Free Zone Authorities of Batam and Sabang in Nusantara I Building, Senayan, Jakarta, on Tuesday (19/01/2021). 

Herman concludes that many companies remain passive in their administration of national standard certification. This is something that the BSN must help resolve – with the help and monitoring of the DPR “We have many potential business sectors that deal with the interests of micro to medium economies. However, they are too passive to administer to their certification. BSN needs to be proactive to refresh the situation. We in the DPR are ready to assist and monitor the effort,” he said. 

Similarly, the Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal – “BKPM”) Bahlil Lahadalia hopes that a partnership program incorporating large companies and UMKM can help upgrade UMKMs, and national certification can smooth out the process. Signing Foreign Investment (Penanaman Modal Asing – “PMA”) and Domestic Investment (Penanaman Modal Dalam Negeri – “PMDN”) capital agreements with UMKM in Jakarta on Monday (18/01/21) is a concrete step taken, following the signing of the MOU between the BKPM and the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises. (dan)