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MARKET LINKAGE FORUM: MOVING TOWARDS A SINGLE-DIGIT POVERTY RATE

In the recent years, there have been many poverty alleviation efforts to reduce the poverty rate to a single-digit. Among them are efforts by creating synergies between poverty programs, provision of equal social security to the people, channelling social assistance, granting substantial financial support and support to the village level, and other strategic measures aimed at pressing the poverty level to the lowest possible level.

One of the key challenge in implementing these efforts is the unfamiliar potential of the regions with business actors who have the ability and knowledge to develop and market these potentials. To bridge the gap, the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas supported by the Australian Government through KOMPAK, initiated the Market Linkage Forum, held in Jakarta for two days (30-31 May 2018). The Forum was attended by 36 business actors from various fields and 9 regional representatives.

KOMPAK approach in market linkages becomes one of the model that can be integrated with Bappenas. Trials that have been conducted over the past year shows that collaborations supported with clear incentives between various parties, can become as a solution to develop local micro and economic enterprises. Through this Forum, KOMPAK aims to bring the good practices to the national level, to equate perceptions, and gain input from collaborative models for market linkages.

"This Market Linkage Forum is one form of enablement through collaboration of all parties and as a step forward from the efforts that have been made by the government to enable the community’s self-sufficiency, and poverty rate can significantly be lowered," explained Director of Poverty Reduction and Social Welfare Ministry of PPN/Bappenas Vivi Yulaswati in her opening speech.

In her presentation, Vivi’s further explained that the opportunity as well as the major challenge for the next step is to optimize the huge potential of agriculture and plantations in Indonesia, to provide greater economic benefits for the poor. She added that along with the large number of start-ups, we must begin to consider them as economic stakeholders to be reckoned with. In which the Government of Indonesia has also started their involvement by urging them to go directly to potential areas in relatively poor regions.