Need central, regional govt synergy to achieve halal center goal: VP

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Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has called for synergy between the central and regional governments for realizing Indonesia’s goal of becoming a global halal center by 2024.

He called for this synergy at the inauguration of the Regional Committee for Islamic Economy and Finance (KDEKS) and the new management of the Sharia Economic Community (MES) of South Sumatra, in Palembang, South Sumatra recently.

“Faster and more cohesive action is needed from all stakeholders in sharia economy and finance, not only the central (government), but especially the regions. Apart from being ‘pockets’ of growth, the regions are also the spearheads of equitable distribution of community welfare,” he said in a press release.

According to Amin, synergy between regional governments and various stakeholders is a must because the ecosystem in regions must be built and strengthened so that various programs can be implemented well.

The vice president said he expects that the South Sumatra KDEKS management will act soon and take strategic steps, and coordinate with central and regional governments—even with other regions—to implement sharia economic and financial policies that could advance South Sumatra.

“A number of sharia economic and financial programs that have been initiated should be continued and developed. Regional potentials in the leading sectors of the sharia economy should continue to be explored,” he remarked.

“The halal product industry, sharia financial services, sharia social funds, and sharia business and entrepreneurship should be developed, including strengthening of MSMEs (micro, small, and medium enterprises) in the halal industry,” he added.

He also advised the new management of South Sumatra MES to formulate and implement their work programs as quickly and as well as possible.— Antara

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