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Furniture and Carved Contribution 34.56 Percent of Jepara PDRB

JEPARA - Jepara Regency is currently trying to revive the glory of carving. Various efforts have been made, starting with the carving competition which is almost always held every year, in commemoration of the Jepara Anniversary (HUT), and the reopening of the carving arts department at SMK N 2 Jepara.
Departing from this sense of concern, Diponegoro University in collaboration with Indonesia Eximbank and the Jepara Regency Government held a Forum Group Discussion (FGD), hoping to develop human resources (HR) for carving staff especially in Jepara Regency, located at Palm Beach Resort, Bandengan, Friday 'at (7/26)

Rini satriani from the Indonesia Eximbank Institute, assessed that this activity was very important, seeing that carving in Jepara declined, especially in the face of global industry competition like now.

"Indonesia Exim Bank has conducted studies at the Politeknik Kendal, related to the development of carving arts, and the results turned out to be good, so hopefully in Jepara it can run," he said.

The Exim Bank Indonesia Export Financing Agency (LPEI) has conducted a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 11 universities, Undip is one of them. Undip received a mandate from Eximbank to find out the location of the problem of carving in Jepara.

Jepara Regional Secretariat Assistant Abdul Syukur said in his speech that currently, furniture and carved furniture processing industries have contributed 34.56 percent in the PDRB structure in Jepara Regency.

"Based on data from the Jepara Regency Disperindag, in 2018 the furniture and woodcraft industries both large and small in Jepara numbered more than 7,460 business units, with production values ​​reaching more than Rp3.8 trillion and being able to absorb more than 86 thousand workers, "He said.

Wooden furniture including Jepara carving has also been able to penetrate 114 export destination countries with an export value of more than IDR 2.6 trillion.

Meanwhile on the same occasion, the Undip Vocational Dean, Budiyono, through vocational education or vocational schools, empowerment in developing carving arts will be preserved, he said.

"Through vocational SMK then continued in vocational majors at universities, with assistance carried out by local governments so that they can be absorbed by the industrial world, vocational education will prosper," he said.

At least Indonesia needs 113 million skilled workers, vocational education itself is considered still low. Of the total education system in Indonesia, only 5.6 percent are vocational based. While in developed countries, the percentage in the field of science and academics is balanced, namely 50:50.

Currently less and less carving personnel need to be maintained, in the FGD it is hoped that it can produce a way out to maintain engraving skills, do not until later the expertise and wealth is recognized by other countries.

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