The cooperatives and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) ministry plans to revitalise traditional markets and facilitate street vendors in the outermost and least developed regions.
The government is committed to empowering cooperatives and small and medium scale enterprises in the least developed and outer most regions in 2015, Cooperatives and SMEs Minister AAGN Puspayoga said as quoted by Antara news agency on Wednesday evening.
The revitalisation programme of traditional markets in remote areas is part of the national development programme, the minister said, adding that his ministry also plans to revitalise traditional markets in disaster-hit regions.
The capacity of human resources engaged in cooperatives and SMEs will also be improved by giving them training courses in job skills.
"We are also trying to facilitate informal micro-scale vendors or street vendors by improving their location and business facilities, and to intensify marketing promotion in the outermost, least developed and border regions," the minister noted.
For that purpose, the ministry has stepped up coordination between the central and regional governments in drafting policy programs and activities aimed at empowering cooperatives and SMEs in the outermost and least developed regions.
Activities that are help the border regions are crucial to boosting development in those regions, he added.