Monday, 16 September 2019 | 11:06 WIB

Indonesia Ministry of Industry Opens Creative Industry Gallery in Semarang

Director General of Small, Medium and Multifarious Industries (IKMA) Ministry of Industry Gati Wibawaningsih (kemenperin)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Industry continues to encourage the growth of creative industries in the country while at the same time spurring competitiveness in the domestic and global markets. This sub-sector belonging to small and medium-sized industries (IKM) is considered capable of making a large contribution to the national economy.

"The future of the creative industry is promising and can be an economic source with high added value, because in this sector there are content ideas, art, innovation, technology, and intellectual property," said the Director General of Small, Medium and Multifarious Industries (IKMA) Ministry of Industry Gati Wibawaningsih in Jakarta).

Gati said her office actively carried out various strategic steps in the development of creative industries in the country. For example, facilitating or facilitating access to promotions both offline and online. It aims to introduce creative products to domestic children who have superior, innovative qualities and have a variety of attractive designs.

"One of the concrete manifestations is the Ministry of Industry together with the Central Java Provincial Government, PT. "The Indonesian Trading Company (PPI), and BNI synergized to continue to support the progress of SMIs in the City of Semarang," she explained.

The collaboration was realized through the establishment of the Semarang Creative Industry Gallery. Gallery located in the building of PT. PPI, Kota Tua, Semarang was inaugurated by the Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo accompanied by Deputy Mayor of Semarang Hevearita Gunaryanti Rahayu and Director of the IKM Chemical Clothing, Crafts and Various Industries of the Ministry of Industry, E. Ratna Utarianingrum on May 26 2019.

The establishment of the Semarang Creative Industry Gallery is one of the implementations of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2017 between the Ministry of Industry and PT. PPI, and Semarang City Government regarding IKM Development through Empowerment of Production Houses in the Old City of Semarang.

The gallery was originally a warehouse owned by PT PPI which had been revitalized. At present, the Semarang Creative Industry Gallery is filled with dozens of Semarang City IKM actors, including those from the handicraft, fashion, metal, furniture and culinary sectors.

"These sectors have contributed greatly to the creative industry and national economy," said Ratna. The Ministry of Industry noted, the number of furniture SMIs was 159 thousand business units by absorbing a workforce of more than 500,000 people.

Furthermore, the number of fashion IKMs is 927 thousand business units by absorbing a workforce of 2.2 million people, and metal SMIs are around 158 thousand by absorbing as many as 490 thousand people.

Ratna explained, the presence of the Semarang Creative Industry Gallery will provide a new spirit for creative industry players to increase their productivity and creativity. "Support from the regional government certainly gives a great deal of energy to the growth of the creative industry as well as the provision of the Semarang Creative Industry Gallery facilities," he said.

The presence of this gallery also received appreciation from Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo. According to him, consumers are also facilitated to get creative and high quality IKM products. "One step forward has been done in Semarang. This makes creative industries have a container. Congratulations for Semarang, "he said.

Deputy Mayor of Semarang, Hevearita Gunaryanti Rahayu, said that the Semarang Creative Industry Gallery will also implement digital payments in all transactions that can facilitate buyers. "Here it is interesting, people can already use cards to pay," he explained.

The use of this digital payment method is also one part of industrial implementation 4.0 according to the map of Making Indonesia 4.0.