The Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (Hipmi) said it is disappointed with the government’s decision to no longer put the creative economy under a ministry but a separate agency instead.

“Now we have to be more critical because there is a process in the government that runs contrary with Hipmi’s interests with the separation of the creative economy,” Hipmi chairman Raja Sapta Oktohari said in Jakarta on Monday as reported by Antara news agency.

He said the organization had its strength in forging entrepreneurship spirit and that the disappointment was caused by the fact that the creative economy was considered the driving force for start-up businesses.

Therefore, he claimed, the government was no longer supporting the creative economy, which covers some 15 sectors.

Sapta said that preferential treatment was needed for young entrepreneurs who mostly were involved in creative industries as they needed protection and the government’s supports to grow and contribute to economic growth. —The Jakarta Post


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