Infrastructure development can create more jobs: ILO Chief

Infrastructure development can create more jobs: ILO Chief

Guy Ryder. (ANTARA/Nyoman Budhiana)

We should also significantly improve regulations and streamline bureaucratic processes by applying information and telecommunication technology."
Nusa Dua (ANTARA News) - Boosting infrastructure development can help create more jobs amid a sluggish global economy, Director General of the International Labour Organization Guy Ryder has said.

In a country as big as Indonesia, infrastructure is of great importance, he noted.

Inclusive development is necessary for maintaining the countrys economic growth, which is very critical for job creation, particularly for the youth, he said.

This means focusing on development in all regions of Indonesia rather than only the capital and major cities, he stated.

"In too many countries weve seen young people feel that the only way to get ahead in life is to come to the city and I think many policy makers thinks that progress lies in industrialization, sort of forgetting about the capacities and potential of the rural economy," Ryder told ANTARA News here.

Boosting the rural economy should be an important part of a countrys strategic planning because it is important to produce as many promising jobs in rural areas as in the capital city, Ryder stressed.

That way, the younger generation will have confidence in achieving their goals in the own regions instead of having to rely on jobs in major cities, he said.

In August, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that the government had changed the paradigm of the nations development from Java-centric to Indonesia-centric and from consumption-oriented to production-oriented.

"We should also significantly improve regulations and streamline bureaucratic processes by applying information and telecommunication technology," he noted.

Indonesia must become a nation that is progressive and stands at par with other countries in the world, he remarked.
(Uu..KR-ARC/INE/KR-BSR/B003)

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