The Jakarta Post
Currently, the global workforce and business landscape have to deal with rapid changes brought by the latest innovations in communication technology, be they smartphones or digital gadgets, which have disrupted the way businesses run their day-to-day operations. The technological innovations have brought what experts term the fourth industrial revolution, which is characterized by increased automation with the help of the internet of things.
The Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan), in collaboration with the International Social Security Association (ISSA), has just organized an international seminar on digital economies. The seminar focuses on methods that nations could adopt to deal with the disruption brought by the fourth industrial revolution and how they could equip their human capital with the skills necessary to deal with the disruption.
ISSA itself is an international organization that oversees around 330 social security companies across 158 nations in the world.
The seminar was conducted on Feb. 6 at the Mulia Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali. In particular, it focused on 10 global challenges brought about by the digital economy, based on a research study conducted by ISSA. The challenges also have to do with the mechanisms used by governments to protect members of their workforces.
The international seminar was attended by 125 social security practitioners across 30 countries, together with 350 social security practitioners from Indonesia. On the sidelines of the seminar, BPJS Ketenagakerjaan also signed a strategic cooperation deal with the German Social Accident Insurance on the issues of workplace safety and hygiene as well as social protection for workers.
Hopefully, by joining the international seminar, social security providers can continuously strive to keep abreast with the changes brought by the recent digital disruption. The seminar brought together social security practitioners who shared insight on how the providers could innovate and change themselves in keeping with the contemporary developments of the digital industrial landscape.
“Hopefully, the panelists would come out with concrete recommendations as to how we could deal with the digital disruption accordingly,” BPJS Ketenagakerjaan president director Agus Susanto said.
The seminar was opened by National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) head Bambang Brodjonegoro and ISSA president Joachim Breuer.
Agus said the digital revolution provided everyone an equal chance to contribute to the national economy. This, he asserted, had brought several challenges for social security providers.
“When everyone does business using the palms of their hands, [more business players] are becoming invisible,” he said, adding that social security providers needed to devise ways to protect workers who were not on the providers’ radar, as these workers were not part of the conventional workforce.
Agus added that social security providers also had to take a look at how the digital disruption had changed employer-employee relations.
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