SENGGIGI – To improve the skills of MSME craftsmen in the Mandalika Tourism Special Economic Zone, ahead of the MotoGP racing championship, as many as 100 people received technical guidance (bimtek) from the Human Resources Development Agency of the Ministry of Transportation (BPSDM Transportation) for five days, 7-11 November 2020.
The training participants consisted of six craft groups, including the Wastra 1 handicraft group, namely various bags, beach hats, seminar kits, home decor. Wastra 2 handicraft group consists of shirts, masks, beach sarongs, and fans. Wastra Craft Group 3 (Outer). Then the Shell Craft Group (Home décor, Plate, Bowl), Wooden Sculpture Craft Group (NTB Traditional Dolls), and Tamarin Group (T-Shirt, Veil / Jilbab).
The Head of the New Entrepreneurial Division of the National Craft Council (Dekranas) who is also the Advisor for the Dharma Wanita Association (DWP) of the Ministry of Transportation, Endang Budi Karya, said Mandalika continues to be encouraged to develop its infrastructure and be massively promoted. These include the development of Lombok International Airport, the development of Gilimas Port and airport transportation services to the Mandalika area. “Dekranas views it is very important to carry out craftsmanship and development of SMEs in Mandalika,” he said when closing the training at the Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 afternoon. .
Mandalika is the fourth priority destination after Likupang North Sulawesi, Lake Toba North Sumatra, Labuan Bajo East Nusa Tenggara, Mandalika West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) which received assistance from BPSDM Transportation bimtek. Furthermore, technical guidance is also carried out for craftsmen of Borobudur Tourism Park. “They are equipped with handicraft skills. In order to create creative handicraft products, “said Chief Executive Andayani Sugihardjo.
Previously, PT Pengembanagan Pariwisata Indonesia or Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) had built a new economic center for the community based on President Joko Widodo’s direction during the inauguration of the KEK in October 2017. The complex is called Bazaar Mandalika, there are 303 stalls with details of the designation of 148 micro units in the form of 2 meter by 2.5 meter stalls, 114 small stalls (3mx4m size) and 41 medium stalls (for culinary, 4m x 6m size).
The Mandalika Bazaar also has 5 Cs (commerce, culture, creativity, culinary, and community hub) so that the Bazaar area is not only for selling areas, but can be a location for holding events with communities in The Mandalika and its surroundings. Can also be used as an event venue ..
Efdalius Ruswandi, who is involved as a training supervisor, expressed his delight that the MSMEs were being trained. “Currently, in a pandemic situation, it is a difficult time for MSME business actors,” he said.
Denny Masrial, a leather bag craftsman, admitted that he got additional new skills regarding shell crafts. “There is training, for example making acrylic molds for candle holders,” he said.
Since this year Denny Masrial has been producing cowhide leather bag work using the Deleena brand, which is more attractive to foreign tourists.