TEMPO.CO, Jakarta -Presidential and vice presidential candidates pair Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno (Prabowo-Sandi) claimed that they wanted to build the economy by siding with the people`s economy.
Candidate for Vice President Sandiaga in Magelang, Saturday, said Prabowo-Sandi would carry out a clear and firm policy in favor of the people`s economy.
He conveyed this after visiting the Rejowinangun Market in Magelang City and the center for wood crafts in Pucang, Secang Sub-district, Magelang District.
Sandiaga said that his party wanted to open employment opportunities to the widest extent possible in favor of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), because the MSMEs absorbed employment reaching 97.7 percent.
Furthermore, he noted that his side would also focus on entrepreneurship, because a lot of people`s businesses needed training and assistance.
In addition, facilitation assistance from the government cooperates with the business world by providing better access to marketing and capital.
"Based on the data here, we are increasingly convinced that our vision and mission of the economy and stable prices and job creation are the right solutions that are expected by the community," he said.
While visiting one of the wood-based handicraft industries in Pucang, Secang Sub-district, Magelang Regency, MSMEs were the locomotive of development.
Handicraft products in this area are export quality, and they have been exported to Malaysia and this certainly can increase the country`s foreign exchange.
According to him, the industry in the area needs to get attention from the government, it needs assistance on financial reports and tax issues because in this growing business the owner does not have the expertise to manage his money.
"How many monthly profits do you not know but have been burdened with taxes, the government and its programs will need to provide training to improve human resources, because of the classic problem of MSMEs, namely human resources," he said.