Jakarta, 31 August 2023 – The issuance of 1,000 free halal certificates has become the subject of collaboration between PT Bank Central Asia Tbk (BCA) and the Halal Product Assurance Organizing Body (BPJPH) under the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs. This partnership reflects BCA's commitment to supporting the growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) as well as the halal economy in Indonesia.
Halal certification has become one of the ways for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to develop their businesses. Recognizing this, BCA, along with BPJPH, are committed to facilitating MSME customers of BCA in obtaining halal certificates for free and with ease.
SVP of the Business Commercial & SME Division of BCA, Tjoeng Haryanto, appreciates the government's initiative to promote halal certification among MSMEs. "Fundamentally, we are always ready to assist the government in supporting the development of MSMEs. We believe that helping to facilitate free halal certification for MSMEs can accelerate the improvement of domestic product quality, increase our turnover, and enhance our service excellence for customers," says Tjoeng.
Several criteria applied to this free halal certification facility. For customers, some of the requirements include businesses with capital less than Rp2 billion, operating in the production sector with their own/original products, and possessing a Business Identification Number. Since this is a self-declared halal certification facility, the requirements that apply to business fields/products involve being in the food/beverage sector that doesn't contain animal meat, home industries, a maximum of 10 product variants, and products that have not previously applied for or obtained halal certification.
BCA's commitment in this collaboration is open to MSMEs in DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, West Nusa Tenggara, West Sumatra, and other provinces with close ties to halal products.
Empowering MSMEs has always been an integral part of BCA's journey. Data from the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises shows that business operators experience an average 8.5% increase in revenue after obtaining halal certification. Following this, BCA aims to accelerate the halal certification process for 1,000 MSMEs by the end of 2023, in line with the commitment made with the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs.
As of June 30, 2023, BCA has successfully disbursed a total of Rp160.1 trillion in MSME loans, representing a remarkable year-on-year growth of 10.4%. BCA's dedication to championing MSMEs across the nation is further highlighted through the hosting of BCA UMKM Fest 2023. This event occurred in two phases: offline at Gandaria City, Jakarta, from August 9 to 13, and online from August 12 to September 13, 2023.
EVP Corporate Communication & Responsibility of BCA, Hera F. Haryn, hopes that the provision of this halal certification facility can have a positive impact on the quality of MSME products. "As a country with the largest Muslim population in the world, halal certification is a crucial necessity for businesses in Indonesia. With this support, we hope that more MSMEs will be motivated to enhance the quality of their products through halal certification," concludes Hera.
It's worth noting that according to the Ministry of Finance, the halal economy has the potential to make a substantial contribution of USD5.1 billion annually to Indonesia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) through exports and investments, given the nation's Muslim population of 230 million. Furthermore, the global halal economy is projected to reach a staggering USD4.96 trillion by the year 2030.
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Strengthening 1000 Indonesian MSMEs with Halal Certificates (from right to left) - Head of Cooperation and Standardization Center at BPJPH of the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Indonesia Abdul Syakur; Head of Registration and Halal Certification Center at BPJPH of the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Indonesia Siti Aminah; SVP of Division Business Commercial & SME of BCA Tjoeng Haryanto; and Assistant Deputy for Protection and Facilitation of Micro Enterprises at the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small & Medium Enterprises, Muhammad Firdaus; signing a collaborative agreement for the halal certification facility. Through this partnership, BCA commits to assisting more MSMEs in obtaining halal certification with greater ease. This collaboration takes the form of a provision of 1,000 free halal certificates for MSMEs, with the aim of enhancing product quality and increasing the turnover of MSMEs in Indonesia.
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Promoting Halal Economy Growth - SVP of Division Business Commercial & SME of BCA, Tjoeng Haryanto, delivered a speech during the signing of the partnership between BCA and BPJPH in Jakarta on Wednesday (30 August 2023). This collaboration reinforces the company's commitment to uplifting Indonesian MSMEs by facilitating easy and free halal certification, aiming to help them progress to higher levels.
About PT Bank Central Asia Tbk (as of 30 June 2023)
BCA is one of the leading commercial banks in Indonesia with the core business of transaction banking. BCA also offers a full range of financial services in consumer, SME, commercial and corporate segments. As of March 2023, BCA has the privilege of serving more than 36 million customer accounts, processing around 77 million of daily transactions through a network of 1,247 branches; 18,348 ATMs as well as the 24-hour internet & mobile banking systems; supported by 24/7 Halo BCA contact center. BCA’s presence is complemented by a number of subsidiaries focusing on vehicle financing, sharia banking, securities, general and life insurance, digital bank, remittance as well as venture capital business. BCA is committed to building lasting relationship with customers, putting people first, and making positive impact on society at large. With around 25,000 employees, BCA's vision is to be the bank of choice and a major pillar of the Indonesia economy.
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