Sanur, Bali (ANTARA News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla has told Balinese merchants that they must have pride without engaging themselves in a structural organization.
"Dealing in any product could be the pride so long as it is accompanied with high spirit and creativeness, and just leave the structural organization to Kadin (the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)," he said here Sunday.
Kalla said merchandisers have a thousand of ideas to improve their creativities and make innovations so that their products would have added values and be able to give prosperity to people.
In the colonial era, he said the top-class economy was dominated by the Dutch colonizer, the middle-class economy belonged to Chinese while native businesspeople and merchants played only as retailers.
"However, the situation has now changed as many national businesspeople have been playing important roles in the national economic activities," the vice president said at the meeting with the Balinese merchandisers.
He said such a condition was made possible due to the creativities of the national businesspeople, supporting cultural situation and growing spirit of merchandising.
He cited that the Chinese economic development showed the high spirit of creativeness and merchandising.
"India also develops as they (its merchants) have the spirit and creativeness besides enjoying conducive environs so that what they do (merchandising) can bring prosperity to the people," he said.
He said, "all professions are indeed good but the profession without limit is being merchants who offer job opportunities, and this makes them proud of being merchants".
He pointed out that to make progress, merchants or business people should not depend on the government policies but on the cultural spirit and creativeness.
"With such a spirit which is effective to all businesspeople and merchants, they are expected to easily win bank credits, for instance," Kalla said.
On the occasion, the vice president said the meeting with the merchandisers was not aimed at crystallizing them in the leadership of a structural organization. (*)