INDONESIA’S government prepares IDR500 billion in funds to subsidize shipping costs (postage) from online purchases of goods on D-10 or D-5 ahead of Eid al-Fitr 1422 Hijriah, in order to stimulate public consumption.

According to the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, after a plenary cabinet meeting at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (7/4), said the government is preparing National Shopping Day performances on D-10 and D-5 for the sale of domestic products.

“The online national shopping day is aimed at national products and the government will subsidize postage. The effort to channel online shopping subsidies, said Airlangga, is one of the stimuli to encourage public consumption during Ramadan and Eid. This celebration for Muslims has often become a momentum for growth in public consumption,” said Airlangga.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), Airlangga continued, had advised him to maintain the trend of economic recovery while continuing to restore public health aspects from the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore (stimulus) related to the demand side needs to be continued.

In addition to this online shopping subsidy, the government has also prepared several other stimuli, such as ensuring that private parties pay the Hari Raya Allowance to employees, distribution of social assistance in the form of 10 kilograms of rice, accelerating the realization of social protection benefits, and guaranteeing business credit for the hotel, restaurant and cafe sector.

“Especially for cafes, restaurants can use the Public Business Credit (KUR) scheme where KUR is proposed to be extended by 3% until 2021 and of course the government prepares an interest subsidy of IDR8.15 trillion,” he concluded.

Previously Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno said so that there are incentives that the government can provide, especially the ease of delivery or shipping costs to their respective hometowns.

He conveyed that the delivery of goods such as parcels can be an option for the community to reduce homesickness with their families because going home is prohibited. The delivery of creative economic products in lieu of the homecoming ban is an option for community members who cannot stay in touch with their hometowns.

“In addition, this step was also taken because he often received complaints from creative economy players who objected to postage prices. The reason is that the prices of creative economy products are often cheaper than the postage,” he added.

Furthermore, Sandiaga said we can initiate parcels which of course will not be able to replace physical presence but hopefully in the midst of this pandemic, the parcels and creative economy products that we send can be a form of love, miss, and longing. we go to our brothers and sisters to our hometowns with subsidized postage. [ special]