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Jakarta Post

Private sector urged to engage poor

  • Irawaty Wardany

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 12 2008   /  10:19 am

The private sector should include the poor in its business strategies so the pursuits of wealth and human development can gain mutual advantages, a meeting concluded here Monday. "In Indonesia, there are huge numbers of people who live on less than US$2 a day, and that is a big market and capacity that can be tapped for the benefit of the poor, the private sector and the whole society," Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie said at the launch of the United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) report, "Creating Value for All: Strategies for Doing Business with the Poor". The report cites 50 companies worldwide, including two from Indonesia, considered to have contributed to human development and to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDG). "There are two examples from Indonesia in the report. It shows the pr...