The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) says it will adopt its West Java chapter’s “success story” in developing student and novice entrepreneurs in other regions nationwide, in an attempt to boost the number of entrepreneurs in the country.
Didik J. Rachbini, the chairman of Kadin’s Economic Study, Research and Development Center, said in a discussion in Jakarta on Tuesday that the chamber would try to replicate its West Java’s office entrepreneurship training programs, “Perahu” and “Studepreneur”, both aimed at generating novice businessmen among local youths and students, in other regions in the archipelago.
“We will design the pilot projects for other regions after studying them,” Didik told reporters.
West Java Kadin chairman Agung Suryamal Sutisno explained at the event that Perahu — or New Entrepreneur Program — was aimed at generating around 2,000 novice entrepreneurs each year through a package of training in administration, management, marketing and planning for local youths and vocational students.
The program, which kicked off in 2011 and is sponsored by state-run oil and gas firm PT Pertamina and West Java and Banten administrations-owned Bank BJB, was designed to meet the target of increasing the number of entrepreneurs in the region to 2 percent from the current 0.24 percent of West Java’s total population of 43 million.
Studepreneur, also developed in 2011, is fairly similar, providing seven-month training to polish entrepreneurship skills among students who have established their businesses and facilitating them to expand their networks to state-owned and provincially owned enterprises through corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs.
Edy Putra Irawadi, Deputy Coordinating Economic Minister on trade and industry affairs, was recently quoted by tempo.co saying that Indonesia currently had only 700,000 entrepreneurs nationally and needed 4 million more to meet the country’s target of having 2 percent of its total population running their own businesses.
Indonesia is still far behind neighboring countries Singapore and Malaysia, who have 7 percent and 5 percent respectively of their total populations working as entrepreneurs.
Kadin deputy chairman for small- and medium-enterprises (UMKM) Erwin Aksa said the chamber would cooperate with universities to develop business potential at the regional level, mainly with the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB).
“By involving universities, we hope that we can create a breakthrough through innovation in production and technology, particularly in the agribusiness sector,” Erwin said.
Erwin, however, said that the lack of incentives from the government would likely be the main obstacle to the plan. (aml)
By : The Jakarta Post