INDONESIA’S Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, held a closed meeting with the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Financial Services Authority (OJK) Wimboh Santoso. This is to discuss accelerating the distribution of financial assistance to tourism business actors and the creative economy.

According to Minister Sandiaga on his official press release said, the financing scheme is very necessary for tourism and creative economy players in the midst of the economic slowdown due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. I considered that a recovery credit scheme for tourism and the creative economy was needed, which I called the KPP (tourism & crative economy recovery credit). This is what we hope. Maybe we can start with IDR3 trillion.

Even so, Sandiaga emphasized that the distribution of financial assistance must be bottom up. So that all recipients of financial assistance are expected to be right on target, namely tourism and creative economy actors who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Those who are registered as credit recipients receive assistance with a minimum amount of IDR50 million per person. The goal is to be used as working capital in restarting the business after the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who are affected will be prioritized, starting from entrepreneurs in jasmine hotels to home stays. Also the organizing of micro tourism such as tourism villages, food stalls, small and micro stores,” Sandiaga said.

Furthermore, Sandiaga affirmed the meeting also discussed access to cheap and fast financing for Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the tourism sector and the creative economy. I hopes that the financing acceleration can be completed in the next 1-3 months.

“We agree that in the future the concept will not be trickle down but bottom up where we create demand or create demand through cluster-based work, such as home stay, fashion and culinary. This will work on financing schemes that are more pro-economic. small and micro in the parekraf sector,”  Sandiaga noted.

Sandiaga explaiuned that one of the activities carried out is the subsidy scheme for People’s Business Credit (KUR) which will be continued in 2021. The subsidy scheme through financing and guidance is expected to encourage the recovery of the tourism sector and the national creative economy which is a source of livelihood for 34 million people. Indonesia.

“Finally, we will see how the social credit scheme through micro waqf banks that we can also use for the recovery of the tourism sector and the creative economy, because they can access simpler and communication-based financing. I am grateful this is a collaborative step that hopefully. can open the widest possible job opportunities,” Sandiaga concluded. [ special]