A GrabFood merchant prepares for a customer's order. (Photo Courtesy of Grab)

Grab Expands Market Access for MSMEs via Govt's Procurement Platform

BY :JAYANTY NADA SHOFA

JANUARY 29, 2021

Jakarta. All-in-one app company Grab is now expanding the market access for their partnered micro, small and medium enterprises, or MSMEs, to the government sector via the online procurement platform Bela Pengadaan.

The Government Goods and Services Procurement Policy Agency (LKPP) first launched the Bela Pengadaan platform last year to help small businesses survive the Covid-19 pandemic. MSMEs can fulfill procurement orders -- ranging from refreshments, office supplies, souvenirs to transportation and delivery services -- worth up to Rp 50 million ($3,550) at most for each transaction. 

In this program, LKPP partners with several tech companies in Indonesia, including Grab. MSMEs and driver partners in Grab's digital ecosystem can now cater to the government's needs via Bela Pengadaan.

According to Grab for Business head Roy Nugroho, the partnership affirms the company's commitment to accelerate MSME digitalization and support national economic recovery.

"Grab helps MSMEs expand their market access to the government sector. This is part of Grab's #TerusUsaha [Keep on Striving] program to digitize as many MSMEs as well as the GrabForGood's mission to ensure more people can reap the benefits of the digital economy,"  Roy said in his statement on Tuesday.

As of now, more than 30 government bodies in the central and regional government are actively ordering Grab's services via Bela Pengadaan.

"It is now easier to procure refreshments for meetings. We can also help the local MSMEs in the office area. This aligns with the government's commitment to help the pandemic-hit MSMEs," Cooperatives and SME Ministry official Andreas Agung Triyono said.

Likewise, North Sulawesi Provincial Government procurement head Jemmy Ringkuangan said it is convenient to have Grab's transportation and food delivery services all in one portal.

"We hope more government bodies will use the Bela Pengadaan portal more frequently so they can help these MSMEs," Jemmy said.

Government bodies can register and order Grab's services and MSME products on Bela Pengadaan's official website.

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