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Cooperatives Ready to Take Information Technology Innovation

In the current era of information technology, all elements of the society must be able to modernize themselves towards the progress of that era. Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in charge of cooperatives in Indonesia is ready to innovate in information technology, especially in serving its members.

To build a good quality cooperative and improve the service to its members, Indonesian cooperatives must master the technology and service innovation which become important aspects. As stated by the Minister of Cooperatives and SMEs, Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Puspayoga, the application of technology is part of the Total Cooperative Reform program that was launched by the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises. They include cooperative rehabilitation, cooperative re-orientation, and cooperative development.

The rehabilitation of cooperatives is done because cooperative has often been considered to have difficulty to create welfare for its members. Cooperatives need to make a total reform to improve the fate of its members so that in turn, it can increase the gross domestic income -GDP of Indonesia. The rehabilitation of cooperatives is currently running by creating a cooperative database based on the issuance of certificate of cooperative registration number -NIK. From this data base, it is known whether the cooperative is active and not. Meanwhile, the re-orientation is from quantity to quality. This can be done easily with the application of information technology innovation.

At the end of 2016, the contribution of cooperatives to Indonesia's GDP reached the range of 4.41 percent. The ratio is expected to increase along with the development of cooperative contributions to the national economy. This cannot be separated from the government's efforts through the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs that has actively visited campuses, regional governments, and mayors in various places in order to activate the quality cooperatives. The impact is that there are many good quality cooperatives with many members, although now the number of cooperatives is still low.

The empowerment of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises is intended to create a business environment that is able to stimulate and facilitate quality cooperatives and new business units and create a conducive business climate.

A well-run and credible cooperative will surely provide great economic benefits for the board and its members. Like the Sejahtera Bersama Savings and Loan Cooperative in Bogor which received appreciation from Minister of Cooperative Puspayoga for technological advances made to improve services through the Advance Cooperative Online System or called Artos Mobile, and cooperative ATM machines that can attract and deposit funds in cash.

Hopefully with the application of information technology innovation, cooperatives in Indonesia will be more advanced rapidly and can help improve the welfare of the community. (AHM/RHM)

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