As a part of their Subnational Competitiveness Webinar Series, Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI) conducted the webinar for East Java province, titled “The Inaugural Provincial Dialogue on the Economy and Development 2020 for East Java”. The webinar was attended by senior officeholders from East Java provincial government agencies, members from Indonesian Employers’ Association (APINDO) of East Java, and academics from the Airlangga University.
Watch the video to view highlights from the East Kalimantan Provincial Dialogue and download the full webinar report below.
Mr Ir. Haryanto of DPP APINDO East Java proposed that economic recovery strategies should be centred around SMEs. Mr Ir. Haryanto has proposed several strategies such as a review of the public administrative system, encouraging technological and engineering innovation, improving human resources, and cultivating productive culture and green living.
Mr Ir. Arief Tri Hardjoko of the East Java government mentioned that in the short run, the government intends to focus on the recovery of two sectors: the tourism sector through reopening tourist hotspots, and SMEs assistance through credit relaxation. Mr Arief’s department hopes that these policies will create jobs for the local populace. In the long run, East Java plans to invest in technological entrepreneurship as well as e-commerce in order to enhance the competitiveness and resiliency of East Java’s economy.
Mr Rudi Purwono of the Airlangga University highlighted that East Java has room for economic improvement even under the current economic condition. Mr Rudi Purwono also stated that the province can further develop its agriculture, husbandry, and fishing sector to increase its agricultural contribution to the national economy. On top of that, due to its strategic location, East Java can also expand its transport sector to become a transit centre for shipping.