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Strategies to Reduce Indonesia's Unemployment

Labor Minister Tells Bali Labor Conference of Government's Three-Pronged Plan to Reduce Unemployment.

(10/18/2008) Efforts are underway on several levels to try to reduce Indonesia's current 8.5% unemployment rate to a more acceptable level of around 5.1%.

As reported by Bali Post, the Indonesian Minister of Labor and Transmigration, Erman Suparno, emphasized this point during his opening remarks at the Asia-Europe Meeting of Labor and Employment Ministers' Conference opened in Nusa Dua on October 14, 2008. Leading labor officials from 37 Southeast Asian and European nations gathered in South Bali to attend meetings organized around the theme of "More and Better Job Strengthening Partnerships to Take Advantage of the Global Labor Market Towards Decent Work."

The meetings sought to create regional and international partnerships to create job opportunities for developing nations. The labor experts also made changes in the conference program for the sake of topicality, seeking ways to minimize the negative impact of the current economic downturn and identify new opportunities as they arise.

Suparno said every country must create qualified laborers able to make productive contributions to the economy. At the same time, he added, good economic planning and a prospering economy will provide job opportunities, reduce unemployment and help eliminate poverty.

In order to meet the challenges and opportunities of globalization head on, Minister Suparno told the conference participants of Indonesia's three in one approach of creating harmonious industrial relations through strengthening cooperation between workers and employers, enhancing the opportunities for employment overseas, and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.