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Jakarta Post

Indonesia sets priority programs to take full advantage of demographic bonus

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 24, 2019   /  02:08 pm
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Junior high school students take part in the computer-based national examination in Bogor, West Java on April 22. The government is focusing on improving education and health to ensure that Indonesia will be able to take full advantage of its demographic bonus. (Antara/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

Indonesia is looking to further improve the quality of the education and health of its young population to ensure that it will be able to take full advantage of its demographic bonus to become a high-income country in 2045. National Development Planning (Bappenas) Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said in Jakarta on Friday that improving the quality of education and health was crucial as the demographic bonus would become a window of opportunity for Indonesia to become a developed country. “This is the best time for Indonesia to become a developed country. As of now, we are still an upper-middle [income] country and therefore the demographic bonus should be utilized by enhancing the quality and competitiveness of human resources,” said Bambang in Jakarta during a seminar. To reach the vision, Bambang said, the government should increase workforce productivity by expandin...