6 Recommendations for the Government to Assist the Publishing Industry facing Covid-19 Pandemic
Updated: Aug 3, 2020
As an organization who’s working to improve the quality of literacy in Indonesia, we recognize the huge impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused to the citizen of Indonesia.
As with other industries, the publishing industry and the creative industry sector, face huge challenges in the midst of the Corona pandemic outbreak facing Indonesia and the rest of the world. For this reason, the 17000 Pulau Imaji Foundation has sent a number of recommendations for aid and support and for the publishing industry and the creative economy sector, to the relevant government organizations; namely the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo. We hope that the list of recommendations that we show in this communication media can be considered and hopefully, accepted by the government, so that the publishing industry and the creative economy, will be able to go through these difficult
times and also support the progress of the Indonesian economy as a whole. Our recommendations are as follows: 1. During the pandemic: a. Providing financial support for publishing industry stake holders to open access to free reading online and convert books to digital form, so that they can be easily accessed during periods of physical distance. b. Providing financial support for publishing industry stake holders to publish books on health and hygiene issues. c. Providing financial support for the community to buy books on various platforms to encourage people to stay at home and do more activities there, including reading. 2. During and after a pandemic a. Prepare joint campaigns to socialize reading culture through social media and other mass communication platforms. b. Providing financial support for publishing industry stake holders for free delivery of physical books to reading parks, regional libraries, and literacy communities in need. c. Providing financial support to the publishing industry to continue production and promotion of book activities as well as cross-sector cooperation activities. We hope that our recommendation may be well of use to assist this country’s road to recovery. With our regards, Laura Prinsloo Chairwoman