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Jakarta Post

Experts underline risks of automation for Indonesia’s workforce

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 8 2019   /  02:03 am

Indonesia should not only improve the skills of its workers but also change its educational system from as early as elementary school to minimize the impact of automation on the country’s workforce, a minister has said.According to Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, the increasing presence of automation as a result of the growing use of digital technology could lead to higher unemployment and further widen inequality if nothing is done to improve the skills of Indonesia’s workers.“Technology offers great opportunities for our economy. However, more people will be unemployed if they don’t learn the skills that computers or machines aren’t able to replicate,” Bambang said during a forum titled, Inequality in the Modern Era: Unresolved Questions, at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Economic and Business in Depok, West Java, on Monday.Speaking at...