JAKARTA – The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, opened the Business Matching of Domestic Products 2023. The President and his entourage also visited the exhibition, one of which visited the DEFEND ID Holding booth located in the outdoor area of Istora Senayan on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
In his opening remarks, the President conveyed that the target of absorption of the goods and services procurement budget of 95% which must be purchased from domestic products. He also pointed out that if this target was achieved, the domestic industry, both MSME and BUMN, would further develop.
“But going forward, I think the key is discipline in implementation, discipline in realizing what we have been holding back and forth in meetings. As far as I can remember, I have already spoken about domestic products, this is the fourth (visit to this kind of exhibition of domestic products) and I will continue to attend. Why am I attending? That is because I see this as very strategic in order to boost our economic growth,” said President Jokowi.
PT DAHANA, a member of the DEFEND ID Holding which operates in the field of high-energy materials also exhibited explosives products with high domestic content level. According to the President Director of PT DAHANA Wildan Widarman, the company has been pushing for an increase in the Domestic Content Level.
“Several DAHANA products have achieved Domestic Content Level of above 50%, such as Dayagel Seismic of 55%, Dawagel of 65%, Dabex of 73.5%, Bomb P Series of 81.8%, and DANFO of 87.8%,” said Mr Widarman who was accompanied by the Director Technology & Development of DAHANA Suhendra Yusuf RPN.
Apart from that, to reduce dependence on imported raw materials, DAHANA is also building an ammonium nitrate factory in Bontang, East Kalimantan. The factory, with a production capacity of 75,000 tons of Amonium Nitrate (AN) per year, will also support the independence of the upstream explosives industry, both for the commercial and defense sectors.
The DEFEND ID booth was also visited by the Co-ordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan who conveyed a message to the President Director of DAHANA advising that DAHANA’s products be immediately included in the e-catalog to ensure convenient products orders and absorption by the government through the relevant ministries.
“DAHANA’s blasting products and services have been used by the government, such as commercial explosives by state-owned enterprises in the mining, oil and gas sector and construction through Karya SOES for acceleration of the development of the National Strategic Project in terms of the construction of toll roads and dams. Meanwhile, the defense sector (products) have been absorbed by the government through the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces, such as fighter plane bombs,” concluded Mr Widarman.
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