Gov’t ensuring women entrepreneurs have room to grow: official

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The government is providing more room for the growth of women entrepreneurs through steps such as the issuance of the President Regulation No. 2 of 2022 on National Entrepreneurship Development.

Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture official Femmy Eka Kartika made the remarks in Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday.

The regulation can encourage broader and inclusive participation of women in entrepreneurship, she noted.

The regulation, which was ratified in January 2022, guarantees equal access to women and men entrepreneurs.

According to data provided by Statistics Indonesia (BPS), the percentage of the population of women and men in Indonesia can be categorized as equal.

Women and men make up 49.42 percent and 50.58 percent of the population, respectively.

However, in the Gender Empowerment Index (IPG), women’s active role within the economy has still been categorized as low.

Despite this, currently, more and more micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are growing and entering the digital ecosystem.

This momentum cannot be wasted considering that almost 60 percent of micro entrepreneurs are women.

This necessitates special attention to honing women entrepreneurs’ skills and talents for developing their businesses and growing them into medium businesses.

For this reason, the regulation has come as a breath of fresh air that can open access for women so that they can positively contribute to the nation and its people.

The government has also prepared a series of programs and stimuluses that women can access to better develop their business.

In addition to digital talent training and utilization of technological advancement, there are also stimuluses for capital so that micro businesses, which are currently dominated by women, can develop and level up.

Kartika cited one of the stimulus programs, namely the smallholder business credit (KUR), which offers subsidized interest to women entrepreneurs.

“There are many supports from the government to encourage women entrepreneurs,” she remarked.

“What is most important is that these women can develop their businesses as long as they have the will to hone their skills by participating in these programs,” she added.

Source: Antara News