As part of the UN Joint Programme Accelerating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Investment in Indonesia - ASSIST implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), UNIDO helps local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to improve their financial situation, productive performance, implementation of marketing and branding strategies, design of innovative and competitive products that match internationally recognized technical requirements, thereby helping them meet the growing demand from the tourism industry.
On 27 January, the UNIDO Project Office was opened on the island of Lombok in Indonesia as part of the ceremony that was attended by Teten Masduki, Minister of Cooperatives and SMEs of Indonesia. The Project Office space was allocated at the premises of New PLUT (Integrated Enterprise Service Centre for SMEs Upgrading) provided by the Government of Indonesia. UNIDO and PLUT will work together on creating a capacity-building schedule for local SMEs based on a demand-driven approach from entrepreneurs, the youth associations and women-led enterprises in particular.
Bang Zul Zulkieflimansyah, Governor of West Nusa Tenggara, and Esam Alqararah, UNIDO Representative in Indonesia, warmly welcomed the project initiatives that would contribute to enhancement of local SMEs products enabling them to compete in global markets. Lombok has a significant potential in products upgrading and new product development in agri-food, fishery, textiles and handicraft sectors. It is expected that UNIDO could help local products to reach international markets through product diversification, certification, branding, and improved market access.
For more information contact Farrukh Alimdjanov (f.alimdjanov [at] unido.org)