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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Australia to roll out worker exchange program

  • Eisya A. Eloksari


Jakarta   /   Thu, July 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Done deal: Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita (right) shakes hands with his Australian counterpart Simon Birmingham after the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement in Jakarta on March 4, 2019. The trade deal will come into force on July 5, 2020. (AFP/Adek Berry)

Indonesia will conduct a worker-exchange program with Australia to boost its human resources. The plan was announced by a senior government official just days after the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) entered into force. Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said Indonesian workers in health care, telecommunication, transportation, tourism and other sectors were eligible to join the program and could get up to six months of training and work experience in Australia. The government is aiming for 100 Indonesian workers to join the program in the first year, while the number of participants is expected to gradually increase to 500 within five years. “This is part of Indonesia’s benefits in human resource development from joining IA-CEPA, along with a chance for our workers’ capabilities to be recognized by the Australian governm...