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Volunteers Need to Register

Manpower Minister Reminds Volunteers Both Local and Foreign, Must Register Their Activities with His Department.

(12/22/2003) The Minister of Manpower and Transmigration, Mr. Jacob Nua Wea, has asked that all volunteer workers in Indonesia, both Indonesian nationals and foreigners, register with his office so he, in turn, can lend support and protection to volunteer workers in carrying out their duties.

The Manpower Minister said that in particular international volunteer organizations wishing to assign people to Indonesia need to report to the Department of Manpower and Transmigration where he promised the necessary permits would be processed without any charge.

The Minister's comments were made during a press conference held in Jakarta in conjunction with the celebration of World Volunteer Day.

Minister Nuwa Wea said that his Department had processed permits for 51 foreign volunteers in 2003, a number that he expects will grow to as many as 5,000 volunteers in 2004.

According to the Minister, The Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration is charged with coordinating and developing volunteer organizations operating in Indonesia. The Manpower Ministry works together with the State intelligence agencies, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the State Secretariat, Immigration, Police and local community leaders in handling volunteer agencies' activities in Indonesia.