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The 70th Anniversary of National Cooperative Day

For the Indonesian economy, July is a special month. This month, precisely on July 12, Indonesia commemorates the 70th anniversary o of National Cooperative Day. The theme is Cooperative towards Equitable Community’s Welfare to Strengthen the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

Seeing its long journey, cooperative in Indonesia should really be a pillar of the Indonesian economy in order to be side by side with other economies, such as private and State-Owned Enterprises. Moreover, the cooperative has a role and high economic potential. The number of cooperatives in Indonesia is the largest in the world, about 209 thousand cooperatives. Unfortunately, some of the established cooperatives are inactive. Last year it was recorded more than 62 thousand cooperatives have been frozen due to inactivity. Freezing of the inactive cooperative is done by providing cooperative ID numbers in the cooperative data base that has been set up by Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The existence of cooperatives as the pulse of the people’s economy is very important. Because in particular, the cooperative can improve the economic welfare of its members, and in general can build and develop the economic potential of the community. Seeing the uniqueness of cooperatives that are so closely related to members and society because it is formed on the basis of similarity, cooperatives should not be left behind compared to other business entities.

Various efforts have been done by the Government to further promote the cooperative in Indonesia. One of them is through the development of cooperative networks throughout Indonesia. Recently, Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises, (?) revealed the network in the form of business cooperation among cooperatives needs to be developed in Indonesia. Besides being more efficient, the cooperative network contains strategic value in strengthening the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. This network can be the answer to synergize one cooperative with another. Hopefully, cooperative raw materials that exist in Java Island can cooperate with existing production of other cooperatives in other islands. This network will certainly open the door to a wider cooperative effort.

By commemorating the 70th National Cooperative Day, it is not enough just to hold a variety of activities. The peak event of the commemoration will be held on July 12, 2017 in Makassar, South Sulawesi. President Joko Widodo and approximately 40 thousand cooperative activists from all over Indonesia are scheduled to attend this event.

What is more important is the awareness of cooperative members and government support to integrate the development of cooperatives with the overall development program.

Human resources who have managerial and technical skills should be further improved to establish the function of cooperatives as the economic artery of the people. In this way, one of the ideals in President Joko Widodo’s Nawacita program, namely Realizing the economic independence by moving the strategic sectors of the domestic economy, can be achieved. Globally, it is expected that cooperatives in Indonesia can be more popular in the international world, not only in terms of the number of cooperatives in Indonesia alone. Happy 70th anniversary of National Cooperative Day!

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