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Apindo plans 3 million jobs a year over five years

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 17, 2014   /  10:23 am

Sofjan Wanandi, chairman of the Indonesian Workers Association (Apindo), says he is optimistic that the association can create 3 million jobs between 2014 and 2019 in order to fulfill the need for almost 8.3 million jobs in the period and also to reduce unemployment, which reached 7.2 million in 2013.

'€œWe will need 15.5 million jobs to combat such issues, meaning that there needs to be 3 million jobs created a year for the next five years,'€ Sofjan said on Tuesday as quoted by Kompas.com.

In order to meet that goal, Apindo has drawn up an economic roadmap, detailing policy recommendation goals measured in several time frames such as 100 days, one year and five years. Sofjan explained that the recommendations would cover five specific sectors including food and agriculture, energy, manufacturing, services and the financial sector.

However, he added that improvements in law enforcement, regional autonomy, bureaucratic reform, macroeconomic policies and in infrastructure must also be made simultaneously.

Another challenge to these goals, Sofjan said, included the perpetually low prices of international commodities, as well as the end of an '€œaffordable currency'€ era.  

Meanwhile, Apindo executive director Agung Pambudi said in order to achieve that target, the national economy must grow by 7 percent for the next five years. (dyl/dic)

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