Various economic recovery programs have been formulated by the government, including the Pre-Employment Card Program. Training and incentives through the Pre-Employment Card Program are believed to be able to support economic recovery efforts.
In this regard, the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto visited the business locations of the alumni of the Pre-Employment Card Program in Papua and said the government had disbursed business loans for MSMEs.
“In addition to the Pre-Employment Card Program, the government also distributes people’s business loans (KUR) for MSMEs with an interest rate of 3%. So alumni of the Pre-Employment Card Program can use this KUR to develop their business,” said Airlangga on the sidelines of his visit in Sorong City, Papua, through a statement received by MNC Portal Indonesia, Friday (3/9/2021).
The Pre-Employment Card Program is one of the semi-social assistance assistance provided by the government to the community during the pandemic. Airlangga admitted that the benefits of the Pre-Employment Card Program have been received by more than 10 million people from all over Indonesia.
“High enthusiasm for this program can be seen from nearly 70 million registrants for the Pre-Employment Card Program from batch 1 last year to batch 19 which just opened in August 2021. For West Papua Province, there are 203,991 registrants, which is more than 50%. passed verification and 30,127 became effective recipients. The highest area in the distribution of recipients of the Pre-Employment Card Program is in Manokwari Regency 8,167 people, Fak Fak Regency 4,734 people and Sorong Regency 4,438 people, “he said.
On that occasion, Airlangga handed over assistance to the alumni of the Pre-Employment Card Program so that they could develop their business more broadly and witness the distribution of KUR from Bank BNI. For the distribution of KUR in West Papua, from January to September 2, 2021, it has reached Rp614.5 billion which was given to 13,714 debtors.
“The largest portion of KUR distribution in West Papua Province during 2021 is in the trade sector (52.87%) followed by the service sector (27.88%), and the agriculture and forestry sector (8.54%),” he concluded.