Jakarta, 7 August 2020 --- As a form of efforts to restore the national economy, PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (BNI) is increasingly active in helping micro, small and medium entrepreneurs to rise immediately. This time, BNI realizes it by building a digital ecosystem for fishermen in Kotabaru, Pulau Laut, South Kalimantan.
In the implementation, BNI cooperates with start-up partners engaged in fisheries. This collaboration between BNI and start-up partners in fisheries sector focuses on developing MSMEs in fisheries sector using digital ecosystem. The ecosystem that is formed can serve all the needs of fishermen or fish farmers, ranging from fishing, ensuring the absorption of fishermen's catch, to connecting marine products to export markets.
With this synergy, the spirit of advancing MSMEs in the Marine and Fisheries Sector is not only limited to access to capital through people's business credit (KUR), but also provides access to other banking services and also assistance through Partnership Program.
Fishermen can access financing easily and cheap, accompanied by assistance that will be provided to increase fishermen productivity. In addition, BNI also provides additional skills training for fishermen's wives in processing seafood, marketing and packaging training, financial literacy, and sales of fishermen's catch on the export market through BNI partner market networks. The ecosystem development in Kotabaru, Pulau Laut is accompanied by lending to fostered fishermen.
Untung Rahmat Basuki as Caretaker of the Head of BNI Banjarmasin Region conveyed BNI’s role in this movement is intended to ensure that fishermen get cheap and easy financing access, as well as by presenting mentoring. Thus, fishermen are encouraged to focus more on increasing their catch because the catch is sure to get buyers.
"The function of mentoring fishermen will also be carried out by involving the local Regency Marine and Fisheries Service," he said.
In the meantime, separately the Head of Small Enterprises Division 2 BNI, Bambang Setyatmojo stated, “The cooperation with start-up partners in Pulau Laut is an expansion of the fishermen ecosystem development in cooperation with start-up partners in fisheries sector. BNI and start-up partners are committed to support fishermen to increase fishing catch productivity, also to encourage the provision of mini processing unit and a market place for selling the products and needs of fishing, as well as to provide assistance to fishermen, so that in the end it can improve the welfare of the fishing community.
"To answer the needs and demands of MSMEs (fishermen) market which are in line with the DigiKU and National Economic Recovery programs echoed by the government, the implementation of this digital ecosystem development is also supported by the use of application-based digital technology and data base, namely in the form of BNI MOVE," added Bambang.
The Director of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (UMKM) of BNI, Tambok P Setyawati added that “BNI will continue to succeed in the development of Indonesia's economy and channel financing for all fishermen in order to create a prosperous Indonesian society. This is in line with government programs in fisheries sector, especially in terms of expanding the Indonesian marine market and leveling MSME products in the marine and fisheries sector," she said.
On this occasion, the distribution of People's Business Credit (KUR) to fishermen was also carried out, this KUR added to BNI KUR distribution portfolio in 2020, where until 31 July 2020 the KUR distributed by BNI reached Rp 9.76 trillion, which touched 257,616 KUR recipients throughout Indonesia.
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Corporate Secretary BNI