Government Boosts Rendang and Spice Exports to Europe News – 6 hours ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The government through the Indonesian Export Financing Institute (LPEI) and the West Sumatra Provincial Government have agreed to collaborate in developing the capacity of Small and Medium Industries (IKM), Cooperatives, BUMDesa, BUMDESMA, as well as export-oriented Small and Medium Enterprises (UKM) in West Sumatra Province. One of them is encouraging the export of rendang and spices which are the mainstay of the region.

“I hope that the implementation of this MoU can proceed quickly because this cooperation will increase exports of West Sumatra products to foreign countries, so that it will strengthen the regional economy,” said West Sumatra Governor Mahyeldi Ansharullah in a press release, Tuesday (5/12/2023) .

West Sumatra Province has great potential in the export market, strengthened by the rich culture that is characteristic of Indonesia. Culinary diversity such as rendang, as well as various crafts, fashion and spices, provides various opportunities for export-oriented business actors in West Sumatra.

According to data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), West Sumatra’s export value reached USD193.53 million in October 2023. Leading export products include Crude Palm Oil (CPO), chemical products and rubber. Pakistan remains the main export destination for West Sumatra in the second quarter of 2023, with a share of 34.53%, followed by India and Bangladesh with 31.80% and 9.71% respectively.

The Ministry of Finance, through the Head of the Regional Office of the Directorate General of Treasury for West Sumatra Province, Syukriah HG, also emphasized its commitment to supporting economic growth in the region.

The MoU between LPEI and the West Sumatra Provincial Government is directed at empowering MSMEs that are ready to export. “Our shared dream is to make not only one nagari (village) with foreign exchange in West Sumatra, but many nagari (villages) into cities and districts with foreign exchange in West Sumatra. God willing, we can,” said Syukriah.

LPEI’s Executive Director of Institutional Relations, Chesna F. Anwar, explained West Sumatra’s great potential for the export market. One of them is rendang which has been recognized as one of the most delicious foods in the world. For example, in Bulgaria there is a satellite kitchen which needs to produce 30 tons of rendang per month for distribution to various countries in Europe.

For this reason, LPEI will provide assistance to export actors in West Sumatra through the Coaching Program for New Exporters (CPNE), the Foreign Exchange Village Program to develop exports and sustainable foreign exchange earnings through superior village commodities, and Marketing Handholding to open export markets for business actors in West Sumatra Province.

“Of course, assistance to export-oriented business actors in West Sumatra cannot be done by LPEI alone. Good collaboration between all parties is needed to be able to build the foundation for export development programs to make the Foreign Exchange Villages in West Sumatra spread and succeed in improving the community’s economy. ” he said

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