President Jokowi Invites MSMEs, Industry to Take Part in Industrial Estate Development
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has urged industry players, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and higher education institutions to make the most of industrial estate development as an opportunity to take a leap of progress.
“Innovative cooperation models must be continuously developed. Everyone must be ready to make changes, to find new ways, to find new models of cooperation that are mutually beneficial and can generate maximum added values for our national economy,” the President said at the Virtual Inauguration of the Diponegoro University Vocational School Building, Wednesday (26/8) from the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java province.
According to the President, the Government has been working hard to build industrial estates, one of which is an industrial area along the super economic corridor in the northern coast of Java.
“This corridor has been equipped with good logistical access, a toll road, sea toll, air toll and is located near to the port and the airport. It has also been equipped with abundant electricity supply,” he said.
These industries and regions, the President added, are also encouraged to cooperate with educational institutions, especially vocational education.
“We encourage them to cooperate with SMEs and to build a synergy for the national economy,” the President added.
On that occasion, the President also expressed appreciation for the assistance from the Sinarmas Group and the Astra Group for Diponegoro University in the form of a building along with its supporting infrastructure for vocational education.
“This is an initiative that we need to support and appreciate. Other than providing infrastructures on campus, providing students with access to do internship and study while working in industries is also quite important for the period of at least one semester, not just one or two weeks,” the President said, adding that the core independent learning is the one through which students are given access and supported to study anywhere so they can gain knowledge and new relevant skills needed by the society and industries. (TGH/EN)
Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Reviewed by: M. Ersan Pamungkas