Kemenparekraf invites parekraf actors in Yogyakarta to optimize the PEN program

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IO, Yogyakarta – Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency (Kemenparekraf/Baparekraf) invites and encourages business actors in the tourism and economy creative sector in Yogyakarta to access the National Economy Recovery (PEN) program. 

Deputy for Industry and Investment of Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, Fadjar Hutomo, in “National Economy Recovery Program Coaching Clinic” event, in Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel, Yogyakarta, Monday (21/9/2020), explained that PEN is one of the programs prepared by the Government to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 on the economy. 

“PEN program socialization has met the business actors and creative economy especially MSMEs with banks (HIMBARA) and BPD so the actors in the tourism and creative economy sector can gather information as well as following the coaching clinic about how to utilize the PEN stimulus program to encourage the growth of their business,” explained Fadjar Hutomo. 

Through the coaching clinic the business actors, especially MSMEs, are expected to understand more about the PEN program and how to optimally utilize the program prepared by the government as an assistance stimulus in the form of capital for tourism and creative economy actors impacted by the COVID-19. 

The event was carried out online and offline together with BNI, BRI, Mandiri, BTN, and BPD Yogyakarta. Also attending were representatives from five Regency/ City Governments in the Special Region of Yogyakarta, namely Bantul Regency, Kulon Progo Regency, Gunung Kidul Regency, Sleman Regency, and Yogyakarta City, as well as tourism stakeholders. 

The PEN program aims to protect, maintain, and increase the economic capacity of business actors in carrying out their businesses amid the pandemic. 

“For MSMEs, the PEN program is expected to assist the MSMEs actors in improving the performance of MSMEs that have contributed to the Indonesian economy,” said Fadjar Hutomo. 

On the same occasion, the Director of Access to Finance of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Baparekraf, Hanifah Makarim, said the coaching clinic activity was intended to introduce more widely to the public that the government has supported creative actors through the PEN program. 

Regarding the budget for PEN, it was planned to be distributed to the MSMEs actors of IDR 123.46 trillion. For the initial stage, the government placed funds in the Association of State-Owned Banks (Himbara) in deposits totaling IDR 30 trillion. Other than that, the state funds also placed in BPD Bank amounting to IDR 1 trillion. 

The placements of these funds are expected to increase banking liquidity to channel credit for productive businesses such as MSMEs and cooperatives. 

“Therefore, let us optimized this program, so Indonesia’s national economy can recover faster,” announced Hanifah Makarim. 

The PEN Coaching Clinic Program was attended by several speakers, including DPD RI member Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas, Expert Staff to the Minister for Crisis Management at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Henky Manurung, Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and CEO of Jogja Bay Waterpark Bambang Soeroso, and Vice President of the Institutional Relations Division of BNI Muin Fikri. 

In addition, the leader of the Yogyakarta BRI Region Erizal, Regional CEO of Bank Mandiri VII Dessy Wahyuni, Head of Regional Office 6 BTN Central Java – Yogyakarta Ferry Sipahutar, President Director of BPD Yogyakarta Santoso Rahmad, Deputy Secretary for Industry and Investment of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Ahmad Rekotomo, Mayor of Yogyakarta Haryadi Suyuti, Regent of Bantul Suharsono, Regent of Sleman Sri Purnomo, Regent of Kulon Progo Sutedjo, and Regent of Gunung Kidul Badingah.