MSMEs were a driving force for the economic recovery which became a priority in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Surabaya Mayor Eri Cahyadi said here on Sunday.
Various economic recovery schemes are being promoted by the Surabaya municipality government, according to the mayor.
The batik exhibition to be organized on Tunjungan Avenue in Surabaya, would be one of the schemes,he added.
The expo would be held by applying strict health protocols, and only when the Home Affairs Ministry would lower the COVID-19 alert status of Surabaya into level 2, he noted.
Surabaya is currently implementing the level 3 of people's activity restrictions (PPKM) measures.
Surabaya, the country's second largest city after Jakarta, has been intensifying the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination program, including in its surrounding areas such as Sidoarjo, Gresik and Bangkalan.
Because of its important role during Indonesia's independence struggle, Surabaya is also known as the City of Heroes.
"The techniques, symbolism, and culture surrounding hand-dyed cotton and silk garments, known as Indonesian batik, permeate the lives of Indonesians from beginning to end. Infants are carried in batik slings decorated with symbols designed to bring the child luck, and the dead are shrouded in funerary batik," UNESCO said . (*)