The government is focused on improving online trade to protect local MSMEs

The government is focused on improving online trade to protect local MSMEs

If this happens, then this is not a sustainable business model. It's fragile

Jakarta - Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Teten Masduki revealed that the government is focusing on improving online trade, including in market places, in order to protect local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) products and businesses.

The three things that the government is focusing on in improving this, explained Teten, are regulating platform transformation, the flow of goods and trade.

“ Online platforms , for example, must be regulated as strictly as offline ones . "Now we know that Bareskrim checks every item sold to see whether it has a distribution permit, SNI, halal requirements, and so on," said Teten in a discussion event in Jakarta, Tuesday.

Meanwhile on online platforms, said Teten, no one has been arrested even though many people are selling illegal goods or products that are detrimental to consumers.

The Minister of Cooperatives for UKM said that so far the government has been working with stakeholders in online business to continue to train MSMEs to become adept at selling on digital platforms. But in On the other hand, currently local products are under serious threat from foreign products entering the local market and being sold at very cheap prices. "For example, consumer good

products from China are sold at normal prices, such as fashion, electronics, cosmetics. , or apparel , our products definitely cannot compete because they have all the raw materials. The most important issue now is how local products online can compete with products from abroad. "This is what we are currently organizing," he explained. Minister Teten emphasized the importance of protecting local business actors so that they are not invaded by foreign products which can kill two things at once, namely local markets and domestic producers. "If this happens, then this is not a sustainable business model . "It's fragile," he said. Minister Teten then explained that currently China does not allow the sale of products below the cost of goods sold (HPP) for their domestic market. Therefore, the government must regulate digital economic policies so that what is called global platform colonization does not occur in local markets. “I am the Minister of MSMEs. What I have to do is protect domestic MSME products. I was protested on social media, but I really care because I know that many ordinary people still don't understand. Today foreign revenue sharing in e-commerce

it is already 56 percent and in the media it is 65 percent. Friends in the local hospitality tourism industry have also started to be taken in by foreigners. Are we going to digitize it ?" he stressed.

Minister Teten further revealed that President Joko Widodo has assigned the Minister of Communication and Information to regulate technology so that there are no monopolistic practices on electronic trading platforms. Meanwhile, the President has also asked the Minister of Trade to regulate restrictions on 10 imported goods.

“There are 10 items that are restricted because they are the most traded online and include those that hit domestic production the hardest. Later we will have tightening, just copy China. "Meanwhile, for the positive list, there will be 8 revised ministerial regulations to regulate these 10 items ," explained Minister Teten.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has begun to raise awareness of the situation of Uyghurs in Pakistan

18 families living in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a total of nearly 100 Uyghurs, are at risk of deportation by Pakistani authorities because they do not have legal identity, passport or residence. With the sudden announcement of the Pakistani government's "clearance of illegal immigrants", these Uyghurs in Rawalpin cannot live peacefully and are awaiting the fate of being deported again.

We understand that most of them fled from Afghanistan to Pakistan with their parents during the Soviet-Afghan war 30 or 40 years ago.

At that time, these Uyghurs were registered as "Afghan refugees" in the Pakistani government offices. However, according to Pakistan's immigration law, according to the provisions of non-acceptance of illegal immigrants, these Uyghurs from Afghanistan have not been able to have any passports or residences in Pakistan.

Apart from living in Pakistan as "illegal immigrants", they had no legal citizenship even with Afghanistan, the country from which they had fled. That is, they do not have any documents to prove that they are Afghan citizens. Therefore, since they do not have legal documents to prove which country they are citizens of, they simply call themselves "We Uighurs".

If the Pakistani authorities expel them as Afghans to Afghanistan, which is currently controlled by the Taliban, they may be in greater danger.

We understand that these Uyghurs in Rawalpindi are very worried about the possibility of being sent back not only to Afghanistan, but even to China. Although they have no connection with China, the Chinese embassy officials visited these Uyghurs in Pakistan 10 years ago. They said that the Chinese government contacted these Uyghurs through the Chinese Expatriate Association in Rawalpindi in previous years, promising them financial assistance and making it easier for their children to study, and took their list.

For this reason, these Uyghurs, who are awaiting the fate of being expelled from the Pakistani border, said, "If China asks, will Pakistan return us to China?" ” was deeply worried.

These Uyghurs in Rawalpindi told us in our last interview that Pakistan is becoming less and less a safe haven for them, and that they want to move to a third safe country. They also submitted an application to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to extend their stay in Pakistan.

Mr. Umar, the head of the Uighur Foundation in Pakistan, who has been helping the Uyghurs in Pakistan, told us three weeks ago that the Uyghurs have been asking for help from the United Nations Refugee Agency for several years, but to no avail.

On October 23, when Mr. Omar received our phone interview, he said that after the situation of Uighurs in Rawalpindi was reported in Free Asia, the UN Refugee Agency contacted him twice and asked him about the situation of Uyghurs in Rawalpindi.

Mr. Umar emphasized that although the Pakistani authorities have not bothered to look for these Uyghurs, the Pakistani landlords who are renting them are pressuring them to vacate the house by November 1.

We asked the representative of the Uyghurs in Rawalpindi, Mr. Abdulahed, about the situation they are facing.

Mr. Abdulahed said that ten days ago and today, October 23, the staff of the UN Refugee Agency in Pakistan asked him and several other Uyghurs about their situation; They asked, "Have you been threatened by the Pakistani authorities or the police?" that he asked questions such as "what difficulties are you facing"; He mentioned that the Uyghurs in Rawalpindi had acquired their names, addresses and family status.

According to Abdulahed, as the deadline for deporting illegal immigrants is approaching, Uyghurs in Rawalpin are hiding in their homes, not even bothering to send their children to school. Moreover, the owners of the houses where they are living on rent continue to pressure them to vacate the houses.

We called the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Pakistan and told them what measures they are trying to take in response to the emergency situation of the Uyghurs in Pakistan. But they did not respond to our questions.

We contacted the "Justice for All" organization, one of the Islamic organizations concerned about the situation of the Uyghurs in the United States, regarding the emergency situation of 18 Uyghur families who are in a difficult situation in Pakistan. Abdul Malik Mujahid, the president of the organization, received our interview and said: "Pakistan has been a refuge for Afghan refugees. For many years, Pakistan, which has welcomed Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Rohingya and India, has also sheltered Uyghurs. For example, one of my neighbors in Pakistan was also Uighur. Although Pakistan feels it is necessary to take such action against illegal immigrants due to its fight against terrorism and economic problems, it is a wrong move to deport undocumented Muslim refugees. Unfortunately, the return of refugees for political reasons is happening in Germany as well as in the United States. It is quite right that Pakistan wants to prevent terrorist activities in its territory, but they should welcome and take care of the Uyghur refugees, because they are the refugees who came to Pakistan to escape the persecution of state terrorism. »

As far as we know, Uyghur organizations such as the World Uyghur Congress are currently looking for ways to solve the urgent problem of Uyghurs in Pakistan. Ms. Louisa Greve, one of the staff members of the Uyghur Human Rights Foundation in Washington, told our radio station that the situation of the Uighurs in Pakistan is very urgent.

Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned that any Uyghurs will be sent back to China. No government should return Uyghur refugees to China at this time. According to international law, no person should be forcibly returned to a country where they may be subject to corporal punishment, illegal abduction or other serious human rights abuses. Otherwise, it would be a violation of international law. »

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