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Nourishing Indonesia’s 4.0 generation

  • Yongky Sentosa

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Jakarta   /   Fri, August 2, 2019   /  09:26 am
Nourishing Indonesia’s 4.0 generation For healthier children: A health official from the Waelengga community health center (Puskesmas) in Watunggene subdistrict, Kota Komba district, East Manggarai regency, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, prepares a polio vaccine for a baby on the first day of national polio immunization week in March. (thejakartapost.com/Markus Makur)

As Indonesia moves into the Industry 4.0 era, the government has laid out a road map for the country to transition from focusing on infrastructure to focusing on human capital development. That plan seeks to take maximum advantage of Indonesia’s demographic dividend, which describes the period when the share of the working-age population (defined as 15 to 64 years old) is larger than the non-working-age share of the population. During this period, the productive efforts of the working population support the rest of the population that is not economically productive. However, the demographic dividend only gets paid, i.e. can only deliver economic gains, if the working population is productive — meaning healthy. According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data, the dividend period starts this year when 68.7 percent of the population is categorized as “productive&rdqu...

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