KONTAN.CO.ID - JAKARTA. PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (IPC) facilitates the export of Nipah sticks from Pangkal Balam Port on Bangka Island to Nepal's destination country.
Conducted in the first place last July as many as 12 tons, the export of this commodity is the result of the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), promoted by the Provincial Government of Bangka Belitung Islands.
"To support the development of export-oriented MSMEs such as this Nipah stick product, IPC is ready to provide the best service at ports. This should be appreciated, considering that amid declining national exports, the export flow of MSME products from the Bangka Belitung Islands Province through the Pangkal Balam Port has increased, "said EVP of the IPC Company Secretariat, Ari Santoso in an official broadcast, Wednesday (12/8).
Ari emphasized that IPC is committed to continuing to provide support for the sustainability of MSME businesses, whose existence is very important for the national economy. This can be seen from the existence of the UMKM Partnership Program which is spread across all IPC work areas.
In fact, according to him, in June yesterday, IPC provided leniency in the repayment period of loan installment obligations for MSMEs affected by the Covid-19 pandemic until March 2021.
"We hope that MSMEs can continue to contribute and adapt to the current situation, to accelerate the national economic recovery due to this pandemic," concluded Ari.
Previously, the Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises, Teten Masduki, who directly led the release of the first export, said that the development of Nipah sticks to become a superior commodity for export purposes must be supported by a training program for small and medium enterprises.
"Nipah in various regions in Indonesia is very abundant, this first export is a very creative initiative from the Province of Bangka Belitung Islands," said Teten.
Reporter: Selvi Mayasari
Editor: Yudho Winarto