BigBussiness – President Joko Widodo handed over Banpres on Productive Micro Business (BPUM) in Yogyakarta, Friday (28/8/2020). Previously, BRI was appointed by the government through the Ministry of Cooperation and SMEs to become one of the channeling agencies for Banpres BPUM in Indonesia.
Jokowi, who was present at the Productive Micro Business Banpres ceremony in Yogyakarta, invited BPUM recipients to be used as business capital.
“We are all in a difficult situation because of Covid-19. Difficult conditions like this have an impact on the economy and are experienced by countries in the world. We have to keep our spirits up and work hard because conditions are not easy,” he said.
The President added, this productive path award is given to micro-entrepreneurs for all business areas. They are the ones who sell drinks, peyek production, placemats, laundry, bakpia, batik, street snacks, all kinds of things.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we will receive business capital assistance of NOK 2.4 million, which will be given directly to 12 million business players until around September. But remember that this must be used for business capital,” Jokowi explained.
To date, BRI has distributed to more than 83 percent of Micro Business Actors (PUM) from a total of 1.8 million recipients. Nationally, the productive ban press that has been distributed more than IDR 4.4 trillion since it was announced on August 15, 2020, including the recipients of the productive ban press in the Yogyakarta region.
“During the payout, BRI officers also train BPUM recipients, so that this productive Banpres is used for business development of recipient customers,” said Priyastomo, director of small, retail and medium-sized businesses, who also attended the event.
Suyono, a soup seller in Yogyakarta, one of the BPUM recipients from BRI Bank who was present at Gedung Agung, Yogyakarta Presidential Palace, said that during the pandemic, his business experienced a significant decline. The business capital was eventually used for living expenses, so it was with a heavy heart to close the business.
However, since receiving BPUM a week ago, Suyono felt he had received help and had the courage to reopen his business. In order to receive BPUM funds, not everyone can receive it.
There are conditions that must be met as written in the regulations from the Minister of Cooperation, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises No. 6 in 2020. First, Indonesian citizens (WNI) have a population identification number (NIK). Secondly, to own a micro business, which is stated in a proposal from BPUM candidate candidate from BPUM. Third, non-state civilian apparatus, members of the Indonesian National Army, members of the Indonesian National Police, BUMN or BUMD employees. Fourth, does not currently receive credit or financing from banks.