Hargo.co.id, GORONTALO – The lobbying efforts by Gorontalo Regent, Nelson Pomalingo, at the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs last August have proven successful.
As evidence, in 2024, the Department of Cooperatives and SMEs of Gorontalo Regency received a special allocation fund (DAK) of IDR 8.7 billion from the Indonesian Ministry of Cooperatives.
The allocation is for the physical sector of SMEs in the development of Integrated Business Service Centers (PLUT).
“Presidential Regulation number 76 of 2023 regarding the details of the State Budget for the fiscal year 2024 has been issued.
In this detail, we obtained a DAK allocation for the physical sector of SMEs in the development of PLUT amounting to IDR 8.7 billion,” said the Head of the Department of Cooperatives and SMEs of Gorontalo Regency, Arifin Suaib.
He revealed that the details of the DAK allocation were announced during the coordination meeting for the finalization of proposed activity plans conducted by the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs, attended by BAPPENAS.
Arifin also mentioned that only seven provinces received the DAK for the physical sector of SMEs in 2024.
“Therefore, we consider this as a special gift because the Department of Cooperatives in the SME sector of Gorontalo Regency is the only area in Gorontalo Province to receive the DAK for the Physical Sector of SMEs in 2024.
It is also one of the seven provinces, districts, and cities receiving the DAK for the Physical Development of PLUT,” explained Arifin.
Furthermore, Arifin stated that this is the first time the Department of Cooperatives and SMEs of Gorontalo Regency has obtained a Physical DAK.
“We are proud and grateful to have been given the opportunity to support Regent Prof. Nelson in advocating for this budget,” said Arifin.
“Regent’s proposal was IDR 9 billion at that time. After the issuance of Presidential Regulation 76 of 2023 regarding the details of the State Budget for the fiscal year 2024,
Gorontalo Regency obtained a budget of IDR 8.7 billion, including accompanying programs such as cooperative and SME certification support,” concluded Arifin. (*)