Te government should provide 3.6 million jobs every year

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Te government should provide 3.6 million jobs every year
Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy. Photo: KEMENKOPMK.GO.ID

IO – Indonesia Maju 2045 (Onward Indonesia to 2045) is a grand goal the Indonesian people aspire to achieve. Since the path towards Indonesia
Maju requires competent and quality human resources, the main focus in
the National Mid-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024 is human
resource development.

One of the government’s efforts to develop human resources is through
creating jobs, said Muhadjir Effendy, Coordinating Human Development
and Culture Minister.

The administration is currently trying to balance the number of the
workforce with the availability of jobs, said Muhadjir in his keynote speech
at the virtual congress of Competent Indonesian National Movement Congress (GNIK), Thursday (28/10/2021). According to Statistics Indonesia, Indonesia’s population in 2020 is 270.20 million, and the number of productive workers is estimated at 140 million.

Muhadjir also revealed that of the 140 million workers, as many as 7
million are still unemployed. He estimated that during the COVID-19
pandemic, the unemployment rate has soared to 9 million people.

Meanwhile, every year, as many as 1.8 million high school graduates and 1.7 million college/university graduates join the workforce. “It means that we have to provide at least 3.6 million jobs for new workforce entrants,” he
said.

The Coordinating Minister also encourages young workers to embark on entrepreneurship and create new jobs instead of relying on securing
employment. This idea corresponds with the theme of the GNKI Congress, “Acceleration of Competent Human Resources in Creating Job Opportunities and Entrepreneurship Towards Indonesia Maju.”

“This is a very beftting theme, at least from the perspective of Indonesia’s human development and culture, in reference to the vision of the President and Vice President. I plead that the theme to be manifested in real actions, not merely as jargon, that the community can beneft from for the growth of the nation, particularly the 2045 Indonesia Emas (Golden Indonesia).”

Muhadjir, who used to be Indonesian Education and Culture Minister, added that complete human resource development persists from an early age until adulthood. Eventually, when young adults have reached a productive age, they will be capable workers who work effciently.

The GNIK congress is designed to provide input and formulate a national framework and implementation map to improve higher education graduates’ employability. It also focuses on the quality and competence of Indonesian human resources that are relevant to the challenges and needs of new jobs after the pandemic.

The second GNIK Congress invited speakers from ministries and institutions. It was attended by roughly 500 participants, ranging from company leaders, human resource practitioners and experts from all over
Indonesia, industry associations, professional associations, academics and young people. (eka)